It's that time of year that the school system requires a physical exam to be on file for my very healthy 12 year old. We have chosen not to vaccinate, so that's one less reason to go. Our insurance is crap, and the cost to me is ridiculous (just to be told he's healthy, active and well within their percentile ranges for a 12 year old). That's another reason not to go. The pattern through the years is that every time we go to the doc, my son ends up sick within a week or two. Every. Time. That's yet another reason to say, NO!
And really, barring an emergency, I just don't do doctors. I just don't plain trust 'em.
Yet it seems I am required to take him to one. Is there any way around this?
200.610: Religious Objection
In accordance with M.G.L. c. 71, s. 57, a student shall be exempt from physical examinations
or screenings on religious grounds, upon written request of the parent or legal guardian,
except with respect to communicable diseases.
200.620: Waivers of Requirements
Except as provided by law, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health shall have the
discretionary power to waive any of 105 CMR 200.100 through 200.500 upon written request.
(A) The request for a waiver must be accompanied by an alternative plan to the regulation that
would adequately protect the health of the school child.
(B) Waiver requests shall not be based upon reductions in the budget for school health or
granted on such basis.
(C) Waivers may be granted for periods up to one year and may be renewed upon
demonstration of improvement in school health programs.
I think most states have some sort of waiver. I do believe in vaccines and doctors but I signed one for my daughter in kindergarten because one of her vaccines was a month earlier than the school wanted and they said it didn't count. I wasn't about to have her re-vaccinated so, I signed the waiver and it was no big deal.
I hear what you are saying and am leaning the same way myself. DH says no more flu vaccines for him ever after he got some kind of reaction last year. And we've read some scary things about the cervical-cancer HPIV shot and reduced future fertility -- not something I want to decide for my child.
Anyway, how about a naturopath? We get yearly check-ups from one who does applied kinesthetics and nutritional counseling. It's really helped us to avoid colds, clear up acne, etc. I also take the boys to quarterly chiropractic adjustments which helps their immune systems. I don't see why these check-ups aren't as valid as any other kind. To me, a child's spiritual and psychological health are just as important as the physical and greatly impact it. Why do schools and health agencies treat our children like machines? Or am I off in saying that?
If some outside organization, like a school, were pushing me, I'd probably take the kids to a health fair and get them a $25 chem panel and CBC just to check off that yes, all is okay.
Do you have public health options?