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#1 of 4 Old 03-22-2009, 12:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I was reading about the AAP letter that pediatricians are giving out for our vaccine refusal and I thought that sounded a lot like what was on the exemption letter from the state for "reasons of conscience" that I have.

It has a spot to check which vaccines you don't want and then at the end it states:

"I have read and I understand, "Benefits and Risks of Vaccination" information. I understand the risks of not vaccinating my child. I further understand that my child may be excluded from school attendance in times of emergency or epidemic declared by the commissioner of public health.

I certify that I am the parent of legal guardiam of the above-named child and that the information provided here is true and correct."

Should I not even use the affidavits?
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I was reading about the AAP letter that pediatricians are giving out for our vaccine refusal and I thought that sounded a lot like what was on the exemption letter from the state for "reasons of conscience" that I have.

It has a spot to check which vaccines you don't want and then at the end it states:

"I have read and I understand, "Benefits and Risks of Vaccination" information. I understand the risks of not vaccinating my child. I further understand that my child may be excluded from school attendance in times of emergency or epidemic declared by the commissioner of public health.

I certify that I am the parent of legal guardiam of the above-named child and that the information provided here is true and correct."

Should I not even use the affidavits?
. I'd cross out NOT and sign.

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I had no problems signing it. I did read their document. I understand there are risks to not vaccinating.

It doesn't address the fact that I feel the risks of vaccinating outweigh the risks of not vaccinating. It doesn't say I'm putting my kids at risk, or other people at risk, the way the nasty AAP form does.

It's not a balanced discussion of the topic, but I don't find it offensive or alarming. And I'm very glad we have a pick-and-choose exemption, every state should.
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I signed one of those forms one time in Louisiana, and it actually had a blank in which a parent could explain their reasons for refusing. I wrote simply, "I am not convinced of the short or long-term safety." I was happy there was a place for me to write in my side of the story.

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