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#1 of 8 Old 05-26-2010, 12:55 PM - Thread Starter
 
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hi,

We live in the Alexandria, VA area. does anyone have any suggestions for getting my 17 month old son into a day care? He has had no vaccinations and may get a couple but not until he's at least two. The day cares I'm interested in have flat-out refused, even with an exemption form. Are there any day cares who will accept a no vax child? Or am I stuck until he starts school ? HELP!
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Virginia has a religious exemption, so I'm pretty sure that if the daycare accepts any state or federal funds (food program, tuition reimbursement for low-income parents, etc.) they have to accept your exemption. On the state website it specifically lists religious exemption: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp...00+cod+32.1-46 (section D). I saw on another page that you can pick up the exemption forms at the health department.

ETA: Nevermind, I see you already have the exemption. Um, have you tried stating the state code to them stating exemptions are legal? Last-ditch, you could try enrolling without saying anything about vaccines, just turn in the exemption in place of the vax record, but then you run the risk of them still not letting you in and then you're left in the lurch. I'm no help, sorry!

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thanks for your suggestions. I've only tried at-home day cares and they give me the usual line about not admitting him in order to protect the other ones in their care yadda yadda. i just smile sweetly like a good southern girl. telling them the exemptions are legal has no effect on anyone, so far. but i will definitely try a state-funded place next time - thanks for your help. i'm just getting frustrated!! i swear i'm the only mom in VA who hasn't vaccinated her kids!!!!
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Your law does not mention public or private, it simply states that licensed daycares are not required to have documentation of immunization from those with exemptions.

If your state doesn't have an official form I have a letter; just add your law.
If your state does have a form, I would staple the law from the state website.

TITLE 22. SOCIAL SERVICES
AGENCY NO. 15. CHILD DAY-CARE COUNCIL
CHAPTER 30. STANDARDS FOR LICENSED CHILD DAY CENTERS
PART II. ADMINISTRATION

22 VAC 15-30-150 (2007)
22 VAC 15-30-150 Immunizations for children.
A. The center shall obtain documentation that each child has received the immunizations required by the State Board of Health before the child can attend the center.
Exemptions (subsection C of § 22.1-271.2 of the Code of Virginia and 12 VAC 5-110-110 of the Regulations for the Immunizations of School Children): Documentation of immunizations is not required for any child whose

(i) parent submits an affidavit to the center, on the form entitled "Certification of Religious Exemption," stating that the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the parent's or child's religious tenets or practices, or
(ii) physician or a local health department states on a MCH 213B or MCH 213C, or other Department of Health-approved formthat one or more of the required immunizations may be detrimental to the child's health.

B. The center shall obtain documentation of additional immunizations once every six months for children under the age of two years.
C. The center shall obtain documentation of additional immunizations once between each child's fourth and sixth birthdays.

Sample Religious Exemption Letter(change the state law reference):

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(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, PUBLIC HEALTH LAW, ARTICLE 21. CONTROL OF ACUTE COMMUNICABLE DISEASES,TITLE VI. POLIOMYELITIS AND OTHER DISEASES, NY CLS Pub Health § 2164 (2002), to receive Religious Exemption from Vaccination, ALL injections, prophylaxis, & testing 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.



Sincerely,

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"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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Yay, I was hoping Emmeline would show up! You are an absolute font of knowledge, do you know that?

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many thanks for the info - it was very helpful. now i'm worried about him getting sick from the kids in day carewho've recently been vaccinated? anybody else have any experience with an unvaxed child in daycare? happy to hear anybody's story. thanks.
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many thanks for the info - it was very helpful. now i'm worried about him getting sick from the kids in day carewho've recently been vaccinated? anybody else have any experience with an unvaxed child in daycare? happy to hear anybody's story. thanks.
ME, got two kids in full time daycare, neither are vaxxed. I dont think twice about it.
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Ditto, my youngest hasn't had any vaxes at all and I'm not worried. The diseases that have vaccines that can shed don't really scare me, plus the risk of contracting anything is really low to begin with.

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