We had horrible experiences with the pediatrican's nurse, whom I called several times during my oldest kid's worst vaccine reaction. She kept telling me I was over-reacting, that I was an over-protective, hysterical new mommy and I should just put my screeching/ flailing/arching baby in the crib and walk away until he cried it out. He was 2 months old, with a heart defect, and at that point, just under 8 pounds. (He was 4 1/2 pounds at birth, but was still vaxed on schedule, with thimerosal-preserved vaccines.)
When I asked if I could just bring him in and have the pediatrician take a look, she said that they would refuse to see me. When I asked if I could just bring him to the ER, she told me that my insurance wouldn't pay for an unnecessary ER visit when the pediatrician's office was open. (But..she said I couldn't bring him IN. What the heck?!?!) She kept insisting that "vaccines don't do that" (it started 1 hour after vaccination), and that I was over-reacting, and the he was just fine.
He wasn't just fine. He'd had a seizure reaction to the vaccine. But we didn't know it was a seizure reaction until we got to see the pediatrician after the fact. If you've never seen a seizure of any kind before, and a medical professional keeps telling you on the phone that everything's fine, that you're over-reacting, and if you are a new, sleepless mother with no family in town--well, how are you to know what it is? This was backin the stone ages, before we had internet at home, so it wasn't like I could look it up, either.
The nurse was fired.
The pediatrician said it was a one-in-a-million fluke, and still had him vaxed mostly on schedule, but did allow us to skip a few vaccines that he felt were unnecessary (like rotavirus); we didn't see another seizure reaction, but there were other reactions. And our other kids had different serious reactions. They were sent to specialists, who diagnosed vaccine reactions, and said that they saw a lot of them. Eventually, our pediatrician said, "you know what, this is no longer a fluke, obviously there is something in your family where vaccines are a serious problem; we don't know what it is or why, but it's obviously a serious problem, so we will suspend vaccination for your children."
So we have no trouble getting him to write the exemption NOW.
I just wish he'd been on top of this from the beginning. And maybe he might have been if he'd actually SEEN my first kid's reaction.
So my vote was 1 "not at all" and one "other, please explain."