I've really been enjoying reading posts on this board over the last few months and am so glad I've found it! I really appreciate all of the thoughtful and thorough feedback the members give - thanks! I've been immersed in all things vaccinations since I was pregnant with my now 7-month-old daughter. I started with the Dr. Sears book - after which I decided to delay vaccines. From there, I've read numerous articles, websites, forums, books (now on What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Childhood Vaccines by S. Cave,) etc and met with my daughters ND (who, coincidentily, is a Mothering.com expert!) We have a family history of lots of auto immune issues (Rheumatoid, Fibromyalgia, MS, significant allergies, asthma, etc. and my brother is on the spectrum. After all of this, I think we will probably not vaccinate at all (and certainly not this first year,) but I will carefully consider each option as it comes up. We were living in Portland, OR, where access to ND's and understanding Peds was plentiful. Right now, due to my husband's work in L.A. and my mother's illness (I'm here taking care of her,) I'm temporarily living in Louisiana with my daughter, where the access is practically nil. To complicate matters, we had to give up the health insurance we had through my job (I'm on a leave of absence right now) and the insurance we can get through my husband's job is an HMO and won't work here. We can't begin to avoid private insurance, so I've applied for the state health insurance program for my daughter. We are awaiting a decision, but our current insurance ends at the end of Nov. I just checked the NVIC website for exemption information out of curiosity and wandered upon a bit of information that has me very concerned:
For Louisiana it says: "Only medical and religious exemptions will be allowed for compliance with regulations concerning public assistance recipients." I couldn't find anything on what the regulations concerning public assistance recipients actually is.
Does anyone know what this means? Does this mean that if she is in the state insurance program, I will need an exemption for her not to be vaccinated? If so, what does it take to get a "medical" exemption? Which religions work for the exemption? Has anyone had experience with this?
We only need the insurance for about 6-8 months - until we move either back to Oregon or to L.A., so I hope that if there is a requirement, I'd be able to delay/stall long enough to get me through it. I have a very low opinion of allopathic medicine anyway - I really only need the insurance for accidents/emergencies/major illnesses and am afraid to go "uncovered."