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#1 of 4 Old 07-21-2011, 08:06 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My son is entering a new preschool and I would like to know if the statement below is sufficient. I have used it a year ago at another preschool without question but I have slightly revised it and was wondering if anyone sees a problem with it. And if not, then maybe it will help others in PA. Print it out & sign, date and check by religious exemption.

 

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To Whom It May Concern,
I am the parent or legal guardian of (childs name here). I object to the immunization requirements as outlined by the Department of Health of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania because it is against my beliefs.

Sincerely,

__________             __________
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PA 28§ 23.84. Exemption for immunization.

(a) Medical exemption. Children need not be immunized if a physician or designee provides a written statement that immunization may be detrimental to the health of the child. When the physician determines that immunization is no longer detrimental to the health of the child, the child shall be immunized according to this subchapter.

(b) Religious exemption. Children need not be immunized if the parent, guardian or emancipated child objects in writing to the immunization on religious grounds or on the basis of a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief.
 


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I would delete "or legal guardian" and I would add "strong moral conviction" or "strong ethical conviction" instead of simply, "beliefs."

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Good point about parent. Yeah I guess one could choose one or the other instead of both.  Not that it should matter though?

As for the other suggestion, it doesnt seem to refer to "religious beliefs" which is what I used in the past but what happens if we want to do a booster at age 4+ (he did complete one series as a baby, the DTaP)  I definitely wouldn't want to be forced to play catch-up with the others, just because of that choice. So I don't want to necessarily use religion, nor do I want to state "strong moral conviction" that might open me up for questioning in the future. (I understand they are less likely to question a religious belief) So I just thought I'd put 'beliefs' and then if I'm ever questioned I would decide at the time, depending on if he had the booster or not, whether to explain my religious belief, or strong ethical conviction.

I guess I could be making this more complicated than it needs to be. But I don't want it to come back and bite me in the rear someday.

What happens to my previous exemption from old preschool (he attended for 9 months) ; do they still keep a record of that somewhere?

 

And what do selective vaxers do in PA? Do they hide that fact to be safe or simply state the moral conviction. I know Ohio has a separate religious and philosophical exemption but ours states either religious/medical but under religious is the ethical belief.  

 

Is one ever forced to go into detail about their religious and/or strong moral convictions? (personally I would say mine is more a religious conviction because I don't like any of them but if dh wants to do this booster, then I might be better off with using the moral conviction, as long as my past 'religious beliefs' I stated on the previous exemption won't cause any trouble. what would you do in this case)

 

 

 

 


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you might want to read these - http://www.mothering.com/community/search.php?search=pa+exemption

 

 

 

 

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What happens to my previous exemption from old preschool (he attended for 9 months) ; do they still keep a record of that somewhere?

 

they need to keep it on file

 

you may want to be careful SOME preschools in my area are working with local PS and sending reports (assessments of sorts) to them prior to starting kindergarden and it would be mistake (but they do happen) that a copy of your vaccine record could be forwarded 


 

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