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#1 of 2 Old 05-03-2011, 08:19 PM - Thread Starter
 
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As in...do they have the legal right to make you re-apply for the form and get it notarized again? I have two daughters in public school...one is in K and the other in 2nd grade. This is the 2nd year they've each had a vaccine exemption on file. (We moved here to Tx 2 years ago.)

 

Anyhoo, the school nurse at my youngest child's school wrote me a letter informing me that her vaccine exemption is about to expire, and that she won't be allowed to enroll into 1st grade without an up to date exemption.

 

The exemption form does state that it is good for two years.  But am I legally required to honor that statement?  Does the law give the state health department the right to make me get it again?  I tried looking through the language of the law, but I'm confused as to whether I'm reading actual law or interpretation of the law...

 

This is what I've been piecing through: http://www.nvic.org/Vaccine-Laws/state-vaccine-requirements/texas.aspx

 

 

If you have any insight on this, please let me know.  In case you're wondering, this is merely a matter of principle.  The exemption is really easy to obtain.


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Yes, you need new exemptions  Exclusions from Immunization Requirements. I ordered 5 per child and only notarized them as needed.

 

Exemptions to Immunization Requirements:

Link to domain outside of DSHSChapter §97.62


"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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