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#1 of 3 Old 06-16-2008, 08:13 PM - Thread Starter
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Background: DS is not vaccinated and is in the same school district as DD, currently different schools. DS has been in 2 schools and our exemption was accepted w/o any issue at all. DD was vaxed until age 4-she will be in 6th grade next year and I was told she needed boosters so I submitted a letter stating NJ law and the fact our beliefs have since changed, etc. I had it read over by a few who know the laws well. But my gut feeling was not well. I soemhow lost my copy on file on this cmputer so no cut/paste at the moment.

DD turned the exemption in today and the nurse immediately gave her a note and an affidavit for me! The note said it is fine as long as I get thsi filled out. It requests the name of my church and my minister's signature. I am sure this is not legal. I do not share my faith or religion as I know if I do they"will legally try to prove me wrong. I am not new to this. The clincher is the form is printed out of a book of forms for nurses and clearly states this as the last sentence:

"The Religious Exemption from Immunization was written to comply with TEXAS law." Lovely, we are in New Jersey.

I do not want to ruffle extra feathers as I have had staff issues in this district before! Please help me respond clearly explaining this request is innapropriate and possibly illegal.

Here is NJ law btw:

8:57-4.4 Religious exemptions
(a) A child shall be exempted from mandatory immunization if the parent or guardian objects thereto in a written statement submitted to the school, preschool, or child care center, signed by the parent or guardian, explaining how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the pupil’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices. General philosophical or moral objection to immunization shall not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds.
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#2 of 3 Old 06-16-2008, 08:31 PM
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The school nurse has no authority to question your exemption.

I'd either ignore her or send the paper back saying "the school nurse has no legal right to question my religious exemption and I have met all legal requirements regarding my religious exemption according to law XXX."

"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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I would send the exemption back stating that you want it filed with your child's records.

I would write on a separate sheet of paper, if there is anything in addition that is required please have Mr.Mrs. (director of the school) send me the exact legal language of that requisition.
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