I got a pre-printed letter from DS's school today, listing all the "required" vaxes he doesn't have (including a hand-written change from one varicella to two). The last line of the letter read, "Your child will be excluded from school, as required by law, if written verification of completion is not received in the school office by ___ASAP____." (emphasis theirs)
First, we live in a state with all three types of exemptions. There is no mention of these exemptions on the memo. The assumption is, of course, that everyone will think that their kid MUST have the vaxes to be in school and they'll get them without questioning. Secondly, I filled out the exemption on the school enrollment form. The school nurse had to look directly at this form to see which vaxes DS had already had! (He had a few as a baby) I don't know if she just isn't used to someone using the philosophical exemption, if she assumes because he had some he must have all, or if she thinks I'll just get the vaxes if the school tells me I have to.
It's so frustrating! Whether you choose to vax or not, parents should have the right to make their own decisions about their children's healthcare. Denying information (like the existence of exemptions) to coerce people into making the decisions you (general you) think you know what's best for them. If even you believe you're 100% correct in the necessity of a certain medical treatment, isn't it your duty as a medical caregiver to give the pros, cons, and alternatives and allow the patient to make their own choice? But I guess that doesn't count when it comes to vaccines.