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Old 02-11-2009, 02:59 PM - Thread Starter
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Is there a way to exempt vaccines for an Air Force run daycare on base? Having a hard time with this one.

There has been some confusion regarding Immunizations. If an immunization is recommended by the Center for Disease Control it is a requirement for all Air Force child development centers. This does include the Flu vaccine and HepA; even if your child is not an infant and it was not offered/ recommended at that time. We need to have your child’s shot records, appointments made by March 2, 2009. Please inform the desk staff of the appointment when it will be made so that we can put that information in your child’s folder.

If you have any questions please call or stop by the desk.
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Old 02-14-2009, 01:24 AM
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yes there are.

here's a little info
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Old 02-15-2009, 03:12 AM
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The CDC is a pain in the rear; don't let them say "we don't accept exemptions"--submit my letter below and sure to include the appropriate regulations. Write down the date, name, duty title and phone number of everyone you talk to and have them provide a reference to anything they tell you, and any denials of service to be in writing.

I wouldn't worry about that bit you quoted; that is no different than the civilian "no shots, no school".

Remember that you are a civilian, your children are civilians, and that they are not disease infested swamp things ). Also, as a civilian you can be Wiccan or Catholic and still be "opposed to the practice of immunization". The Chaplain can govern the exemptions of service members but not dependents. If you have a sympathetic person in your dh's chain of command you may want to take them to any meetings; in any case you will want a witness and to write down what they have told you immediately afterwards.




On page 70 (section 18.2):

" Religious — A student’s parent/sponsor may claim exemption from the DoDEA immunization requirements for religious reasons. If the parent maintains the need to continue the religious exemption during a documented outbreak of a contagious disease, the student will be excluded from school for his/her protection and the safety of the other students until the contagious period is over. Religious exemptions require a written statement from the parent/sponsor stating that he/she objects to the vaccination based upon personal beliefs. "
Paragraph 3-2.b.(4) at the bottom of page 10 of this document: It specifically states, "(4) Department of Defense schoolteachers, daycare center workers, and children attending DOD–sponsored schools
and daycare centers or similar facilities on military installations.
AFI 34-276 is the AFI that governs Family Child Care.

Page 53. "A5.40.3. The provider maintains medical information for each child, including permission to treat emergencies signed by the parent(s), child’s allergies, chronic illness and other known health prob-lems, and immunizations (or written documentation of parents’ objections for religious reasons). This information is recorded on the AF Form 1181, Youth Flight Patron Registration Form."
Compare with the requirements for military members' religious exemptions:


AFI34-248 1 OCTOBER 1999 43
Chapter 11
11.1. Health Protection. Protect the health of staff, children, and parents while they are in the program.
Use Caring for Our Children: Health and Safety Guidelines for Out-of-Home Care as general guidance on
health issues not covered by this instruction.
11.2. Access. Limit the access of well children to children or adults with contagious illnesses.
11.2.1. Do not provide care to children without immunizations required by Air Force policy unless it
is an emergency.
(What is the Air Force policy that governs Immunizations, you ask?)

5.6. Child Development Program Assistant Training and Examinations.
5.6.8. Each staff member has had a physical examination within the last 3 years and the tests, examinations, and immunizations required by AF Joint Instruction 48-110, Immunizations and Chemprophylaxis.

Caring for Our Children: Health and Safety Guidelines for Out-of-Home Care
Under-Immunized Children-3.006 If immunizations are not given because of parents' religious beliefs, a waiver signed by the parent shall be on file. If a child who is not immunized is in care, the parents must be notified of the risk of the spread of preventable diseases.

United States> Code of Federal Regulations> Title 29 - Labor> CHAPTER XIV--EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION


§ 1605.1 “Religious” nature of a practice or belief.
In most cases whether or not a practice or belief is religious is not at issue. However, in those cases in which the issue does exist, the Commission will define religious practices to include moral or ethical beliefs as to what is right and wrong which are sincerely held with the strength of traditional religious views. This standard was developed in United States v. Seeger, 380 U.S. 163 (1965) and Welsh v. United States, 398 U.S. 333 (1970). The Commission has consistently applied this standard in its decisions.1 The fact that no religious group espouses such beliefs or the fact that the religious group to which the individual professes to belong may not accept such belief will not determine whether the belief is a religious belief of the employee or prospective employee. The phrase “religious practice” as used in these Guidelines includes both religious observances and practices, as stated in section 701(j), 42 U.S.C. 2000e(j).


To whom it may concern;

(We / I) {First and Last name(s)}, as the {(parent (s) / guardian(s)} of ______________________(name of newborn child) are exercising (our/my) rights under the US Constitution, AFI34-248 1 OCTOBER 1999, and The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Childcare, to receive Religious Exemption from Vaccination, due to our genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practices herein required.

The U.S. Supreme Court held in Frazee V. Illinois Dept. of Security, 489 U.S. 829, that a religious belief is subject to protection even though no religious group espouses such beliefs or the fact that the religious group to which the individual professes to belong may not advocate or require such belief. This ruling is also reflected in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended Nov. 1, 1980; Part 1605.1-Guidelines on Discrimination Because of Religion.


Your signature.

"It should be a rule in all prophylactic work that no harm should ever be unnecessarily inflicted on a healthy person (Sir Graham Wilson, The Hazards of Immunization, 1967)."
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Old 02-15-2009, 03:39 AM
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they told me i have to go see the community health nurse, who will make sure i understand the risks and that if there is an outbreak or whatever that he will be sent home, then give me a form to sign (army cys)

and thats crazy that they require a flu vax. my ds is mostly vaxed, only because dh works in the hospital and is around things ds otherwise wouldnt be exposed to. there are som we're not doing though, and im waiting to get this appointment so he can go in for hourly care sometimes

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