My 3-year-old (nearly 4) is unvaccinated and started pre-school at an international school in Singapore last year. I was asked to produce a vaccination schedule for him and told the truth -- that my husband and I did not believe in vaccinations -- and was told by the school nurse to write a letter to that effect and also saying that we would accept responsibility if he got ill while at school. I did so, and to cut a long story short, it turns out the school did not have any policy on vax and after our case came to light, they then set a policy -- ie, requiring all children to have the two compulsory ones required by Singapore law, and a few more besides. They have told me I either have to have him vaccinated or get an exemption letter from the Health Ministry in Singapore or he can't attend the school anymore. Someone in the government told me they will give me an exemption letter if I can get a registered doctor to say that vaccinating my son would be harmful to his health. They said they would accept such a letter from a doctor here in Singapore or from one overseas. Does anyone have any suggestions -- are there any doctors out there who could give me this kind of letter without seeing my son? For reasons I won't go into here, I would rather keep him at this school than find him another one (and possibly go through the same elsewhere). Vaccinating him is totally out of the question. Sorry if this seemns rambling -- it's late and I need to sleep!
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7/21/03 at 2:11pm