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#1 of 5 Old 07-10-2013, 10:01 AM - Thread Starter
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I have a vax/preschool question that I was hoping someone could answer for me. I need to turn in my son's physical so that he can start preschool in the fall, and was going to attach a letter that I wrote in replace of his vax records, stating that vaccines go against our religious beliefs. From everything that I have read, this is how it says to do it. Anyhow, my pedi (who is totally fine with our vaccine choices, and says she has many patients who don't vax), was admit that that is not how it works. She said that I can not just attach a letter that I wrote, I need to file a religious exemption through the state of NJ, and get approved for the exemption. Is this true?


Any info is greatly appreciated. TIA.

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You give the letter directly to the school.

(pages 33-34)

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Quoted: 19 Post(s) - I would check here. It sounds to me like a letter would work but I just briefly scanned it.

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Religious Exemptions:
N.J.S.A. 26:1A – 9.1 provides an exemption for pupils from mandatory 
immunization “if the parent or guardian of the pupil objects thereto in a written 
statement signed by the parent or guardian upon the grounds that the proposed 
immunization interferes with the free exercise of the pupil’s religious rights.” NJDHSS will 
seek to amend the rules at N.J.A.C. 8:57 – 4.4 through the Administrative Rules 
process to be consistent with N.J.S.A. 26:1A – 9.1.

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It seems you have been given very helpful information, you may also wish to post to the New Jersey vax group:

Oh also thank you ma2two, I found the following in within the link you posted, this was an embedded link to AAP:

"Within a 12-month period, 74% of pediatricians report encountering a parent who refused or delayed one or more vaccines. A 2011 survey of children six months to six years of age reported that 13% of parents followed an alternative vaccination schedule. Of these, 53% refused certain vaccines and 55% delayed some vaccines until the child was older. Seventeen percent reported refusing all vaccines. In a 2009 survey, 11.5% of parents of children 17 years and younger reported refusing at least one vaccine. "

I apologize for getting off track OP, just found that data interesting.
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