I gave birth to my daughter and never felt the same. A few months down the road I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Do I know if the hep b shot caused this? No but I have read their is a "possible link" to ms from the hep b shot. Being that my children have my genetic disposition, I do not want to risk this.
problem is that I gave her the measles shot but I do not want to do the hep b shot. I got a religious excemption form. I am Jewish and honestly it is not against my religion to give my children this shot..it's against me as a mother. I really feel lost and I think i may have screwed myself that the school nurse knows I did the measles booster.
In the state of new York is there anyway to selectively make a religious excemption? The only component I can find is yeast. I'm supposed to say that injected yeast into my child is against my religion?
Unfortunately, in New York, you cannot oppose only certain vaccines. If you're going to do a religious exemption, it must be to the entire practice of vaccination entirely. So... you can claim a sudden religious conversion that you will do no further vaccines... but I think they are likely to challenge it given the recent MMR...
Or you can look for a doctor who may be willing to write you a medical exemption for that specific vaccine. We have a medical one for DS due to hives and allergic reaction to Hep B, but these can be hard to get without a very clear reaction by that specific child to that specific vaccine. I would probably try that direction, however.
She can't require 2 HepBs given at the same time, by the way, she can only require that you start the series or continue the series on the CDCs recommended timeframe. (2 HepBs at once wouldn't help with immunity anyhow; dose 1 and dose 2 have to be separated by I think 6 months.)
One other option if your daughter has had one HepB shot might be to do titers rather than boosters. That means they draw blood and test the antibody level to HepB. For several things, high enough titers are acceptable instead of vaccines. I know MMR and Varicella are acceptable by titer instead of vax. I'll see if I can find out for HepB.
Book loving, editor mom to 2
Here we go!
"Demonstrated serologic evidence of either measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B or varicella antibodies is acceptable proof of immunity to these diseases." from http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2370.pdf
Since I'm guessing your daughter has had one HepB vax, or they'd be telling you she needs 3 of them, not 2, I think your best bet is calling your doctor and asking for a titer test for HepB. It's a simple blood test, and hopefully she will test high enough that it will take the place of what the nurse is asking for.
Book loving, editor mom to 2
mama to two teens and two tots madly in love with DP
Nolajane, any progress with your situation? It might help to contact Gary Krasner at the Coalition for Informed Choice. I heard he's helped many in these situations. Best of luck - I'm praying for you!
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