My older daughter has been delayed/selectively vaxed...definitely not up to date though. My younger daughter is almost 2 yrs and has received nothing.
My older daughter starts kindergarten at a public school in the fall.
We live in Illinois and I want to know exactly what I have to do to not have to get her caught up for school.
We are not allowed philosophical exemptions, and do not qualify for medical I am sure.
So, what exactly do I need to do to get religious exemption?
Thanks for any help :)
OK, but what do I write? And who do I give it to?
Are there any forms or anything specific I need?
Thanks, and sorry for my ignorance....I figured I had lots of time to figure it all out. I honestly have NO IDEA how my baby is almost 6 already!
The law says you should state "the specific religious belief which conflicts with the immunization(s). The religious objection may be personal and need not be directed by the tenets of an established religious organization."
It also says, "It is not the intent of this Part that any child whose parents comply with the intent of this Act should be excluded from a child care facility or school."
So there doesn't seem to be a risk of the exemption being denied, if you follow the instructions in the law.
There are a lot of different things you could write. An example would be something like trusting God to protect your children from disease, or trusting their God-given immune systems.
The law says that you give the letter to your "local school authority." I don't know what that means, but I would start with the school office, and if they don't accept it, the principal, and if he doesn't accept it, the school district.
I was actually wondering this also, I mean I know the state law, and I've already done exemptions for private school, but was considering public school, but the District in which I am located has it on their website that children MUST be vaccinated, and it looks like they are trying to scare people into doing it. People who don't know their rights, that is. Could it very by district? I can't imagine so.
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I am really thankful this was posted! I live in IL and my one month old hasn't received any vaccinations yet. But her dr said she wanted to start them next month. I feel like that's way too early! I was wondering what everyone thinks about selective vaccination. Where can I research it? and how did you approach your child's dr about the topic? I'm posting this here because I'd really like to hear from IL moms since I know some laws differ from state to state.
We selectively vaccinate on our own schedule. I chose vaccinations by analyzing the risks on both sides. For example, Pertussis & HiB are rampant where I live. In an infant, both can cause death. The Pertussis vax is grouped with Diptheria and tetanus (which I feel are uneccessary). Pertussis is most likely to be passed by parents or family members, so I chose to vax myself & DH, and wait on that vax. But we did vax for HiB.
Hep B is a bloodborne pathogen, so there is not a high risk for most children, we chose not to vax DS for that.
There are tons of threads on this board as to how people chose to whether or not to vax for each disease. What I tell everyone who chooses to selectively vax, is to make sure NEVER to sign up for a state or local vax registry (read every form carefully). I can foresee a day when people will use te fact that a child was selectively vaxed to try to discount the exemptions.
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