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#1 of 6 Old 11-18-2006, 07:49 PM - Thread Starter
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I do not vaccinate my children, and choose not to vaccinate myself.

That said, I am considering applying to nursing school and would "need" to be vaccinated for several things. Hepatitis ( a series of 3 shots then a titer), then titers for the following rubella, mumps, and varicella and shots if unproven immunity, tetnus if it has been 10+ years since your last shot, and finally tuberculosis.

I am terrified by this and am on the edge about nursing in general simply because of these shots. I would definitely need everything but the varicella and the mumps.

Can anyone point me towards information on the best way to "manage" these shots if I do indeed go forward? Detoxing, schedualing...?

Thank you.
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#2 of 6 Old 11-18-2006, 08:03 PM
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I'm not familiar with the laws etc, but I think you can still write a letter of religious objection for them.....there are some RN's on here, maybe they can help out. Change your title to include that its a question RE nursing school
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Claim a religious objection. They can not base hiring on religion.

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There was a thread about this within the last 2 months, but I can't find it. There is a nursing student on this board, maybe if you change the title she'll read this. I can't remember what she did. Good luck.
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This happened to me recently, I started nursing school in Sept. I had titers checked for MMR, and was NOT immune to measles, and I hadn't (haven't) had the Hep B vax. I was able to sign a waiver on the Hep B vax, which just stated that I was aware of the risk and declined the vaccination. On the measles, I just turned in the paperwork with my titers and didn't say *anything* and I don't think they even noticed!

I'm betting that if there's a form for the hep B then there's probably one for the rest of them as well.

The TB test I'd already had done, as I was working in the hospital and it is required for all employees once per year. The alternative to that was a chest x-ray.

Tetanus I didn't have to have checked (and don't see why it would matter since it's not contagious?).

I also had a general physical form that I had to take to my physician and have her fill out for me, and on there it had a spot for her to mark if you'd had chicken pox, which mine marked for me without question. So no varicella titer either.

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Get titers for everything possible and refuse the rest. Good place to start because you may be harrassed every year to get the flu shot.
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