Just wondering because I am seeing these slogans posted all over the public school fences and on score boards saying things like, "No Vaccine, No School". And saying there is some "NEW" regulations or new vaccine or something like that that kids are required to get in order to stay or be enrolled for the schools.
Anyone know about this? Did something change or is there just a new formula out that the vaccine marketers and pushing? I just want to make sure our non-vaccinating family is still safe in this state with our religious and personal exemption reasons (not to mention our son's negative reaction at 9 months old).
Rachel, mom to 6 children.
I'm not in CA but I found this which explains the new CA law requiring the Tdap vaccine for all students entering 7th through 12th grade in the 2011-2012 school year and requires proof of the vaccine before entering school. That's what the signs you are seeing are referring to. You may have to dig further on this regarding exemptions.
They are really pushing the Tdap for older kids and not mentioning that exemptions are available, which is deplorable IMO. My son is not old enough for the Tdap, but I just enrolled him in kindergarten last week with a partial vaccination record (complete until 5 years) and a personal exemption. I had to speak with the school district's head nurse to explain that I understand the "risks" of not vaccinating and the recent outbreaks, blah blah blah (even though my son IS up-to-date on DTaP and had a reaction from the last dose and has basically been sick ever since!), but I assured her that I know what I'm talking about and that I understand that if there is a polio outbreak, my son won't be able to go to school. ;)
Not to make light of it, but the whole thing is just ridiculous. I'm glad however that we do live in a state where the personal exemption is an option, for now at least.
The California personal beliefs exemption applies to the new Tdap requirement for kids entering 7-12 grade in Fall 2011. It is infuriating that schools are doing their best to keep the exemption a secret. They very rarely mention it.
The signature on the back of the Blue Card does not count for the exemption for this vaccine, because this vaccine is not listed on the Blue Card. Parents have to either sign Personal Beliefs Exemption Form, (CDPH 8261), http://eziz.org/PDF/IMM-1038_PBEforminstructions.pdf which has some objectionable language on it, or they can write a short letter to the school saying the vaccine is against their beliefs. The second option is not generally known to school officials, but the law allows it. See Section 120365 of the CA Health and Safety Code, which does not require a form to be signed. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=hsc&group=120001-121000&file=120325-120380
Or, parents can sign the form, and cross out the parts they do not agree with.
I am a district nurse for a school district in CA. The reason you don't here much about a exemption is because the state says we can not promote exemptions but must make them available to you. Their is a specific Tdap waiver that was issued by the state. Per the state guidelines it says the parent must come into the school site and sign the waiver in the presence of a district employee. Go to your childs school they will give you a waiver it is not the schools who don't want to promote the waiver law that doesnt allow us to. Believe me school wants your child enrolled.
There is no law in California that says schools and school nurses cannot inform parents about exemptions. Informing is not promoting.
Did you get something in writing saying that? Or did someone from the state or the district or the school tell you that?
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