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I have a daughter that is in the 8th grade. She brought home a letter today stating that as of Oct 29th any child not up to date on the Tdap will be excluded from school. This is for the state of Missouri. I decided long ago not to immunize my children. Anyone else in this forum dealing with the same problem? If so, how are you handling this? All advice is appreciated. Thank you

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http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/c100-199/1670000181.htm

 

 

3. This section shall not apply to any child if one parent or guardian objects in writing to his school administrator against the immunization of the child, because of religious beliefs or medical contraindications. In cases where any such objection is for reasons of medical contraindications, a statement from a duly licensed physician must also be provided to the school administrator.

 

 

Looks like you just need an exemption for religous beliefs or medical contraindication and your daughter should be fine.
 


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Well that is what we have used all these years but from my understanding the exemptions do not apply for this. Anyone else?

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Well that is what we have used all these years but from my understanding the exemptions do not apply for this. Anyone else?

what is this belief based on?

 

This document seemed to state that medical or religious exemptions are honoured (last bullet). 

 

At a minimum you could print it out and show them the document and say your child has an exemption on file.  They need to show you the legislation where it say exemptions will not be honoured.

 

http://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/immunizations/pdf/2011-2012_School_Requirements.pdf


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My guess is it is a letter that went out to everyone (a scare tactic).  If the school already has the exemption letter on file, then I wouldn't do anything unless the notify you that your daughter will not be allowed to go to school.  Then I would start fighting. 


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Well that is what we have used all these years but from my understanding the exemptions do not apply for this. Anyone else?

 

They can't just change the law with a letter.  You have the law on your side.  Don't let them bully or mislead you.


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