We will be moving from TX in the summer of 2013 for hubby's job (specifically located in the Shepherdstown, WV area). We have a 6-month-old son, and we have chosen to delay all vaccines at this time. Over the next several years, we may do one or two vaccines prior to him going to kindergarten, but that will be all. I am aware of WV's mandated vaccine laws for enrolling in public school and understand there is really no getting around them, or the list of the vaccines they require (FYI - it's important to us for our son to attend public school rather than homeschooling or private school if at all possible).
So we are getting creative. Because Shepherdstown is located very close to the Maryland border, we are considering living in Maryland (perhaps Sharpsburg??) so that Baby Boy can attend public school there, and Hubby can commute a short distance across the state line to Shepherdstown. In my research, Maryland appears to have a vaccine exemption, so it would appear this would meet our need of not having to vax for our son to attend public school. Anything I'm missing here? How do other people handle this? Any other towns/cities across the WV border in MD or VA we should consider? I would appreciate any and all constructive and supportive thoughts. Thanks so much.
That is an excellent plan. According to Google Maps, it's about a 10 minute drive. I don't see any other towns that are close.
Public/private/homeschool is all the same in West Virginia regarding vaccine requirements.
Here is the WV parents advocacy group's web site, if you haven't already found it.
I aggree with ma2two, livng in MD makes huge sense. Good luck with the move.
OP, I am moving this to "Mindful Vaccination" because you mentioning delaying vaccinations. Please note that both "Mindful Vaccination" and "I'm Not Vaccinating" are now both support-only forums, so I hope you'll find continued support with the thread in its new location.