I just had to put together a letter for my daughters school. We were forced to go forward with a "religious exemption" since Illinois does not offer the option of philosophical. Also, we had to deal with the extra hurdle of the fact that our oldest is mostly vaccinated, she is just missing the MMR and Veracella and the 4th round of a few others.
So, this is what we submitted, mostly FYI and for others
To whom it may concern,
In accordance with 77 Illinois Administrative Code 655.510, we hereby state that as parents, based on our personal specific religious objection, we now object to all vaccinations, including but not limited to: rotavirus (RV), diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT, DTAP), poliomyelitis (IPV), measles, rubella, mumps (MMR), varicella, haemophilus influenzae type b (HIB), and hepatitis B (HepB), hepatitis A (HepA), meningococcal (MCV), pneumococcal (PCV), and Influenza, for all of our children, including our kindergartener xxx xxx xxx
We believe our higher power created us perfectly it is wrong to believe we can improve upon a perfect creation. We believe that it is a violation of our sacred beliefs to interfere with the bodies we have been given. Therefore, it would be a violation of our deeply held spiritual beliefs to vaccinate our children. It was only after XXX’s birth that we came to understand this doctrine. XXX has had many of the commonly injected childhood vaccines, as have we, her parents. It is a misstep of faith that we have come to terms with.
The U.S. Supreme Court held in Frazee V. Illinois Dept. of Security, 489 U.S. 829, that a religious belief is subject to protection even though no religious group espouses such beliefs or the fact that the religious group to which the individual professes to belong may not advocate or require such belief.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter,
Parents of XXX XXX XXX,
Kindergartener in Mrs.XXX's AM Class