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My children, 20 mo and 7 mo, are basically fully vax'ed. The only two shots I don't "do" are the flu shot and chicken pox. Both of my chilren are in a state-certified home daycare.

My husband drops the children off and said that the sitter told him there's a free flu shot clinic, we should take the kids, she needs it for her paperwork....or something like that. He was incredibly vague, but was saying that the state required the kids to have it.

I'm pretty sure that's bullsh*t (I just check SD's vaccine law on the SD website, and it says nothing about the flu shot), but in the event that it is and I need to claim a religious exemption, IS there a specific one? For the chicken pox vax, I can point out that it was created from aborted fetuses and as a good Catholic, I cannot condone that vaccine. Is there any such "out" for the flu shot?
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From what I have read on here religious exemptions are usually an all or nothing sort of thing.
Does your state have philosophical exemptions? That might work somehow.

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Sadly, SD is not a philosophical exemption state.

Perhaps I need to move to MN :
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Both of my chilren are in a state-certified home daycare.
Here are the state requirements for school and early childhood programs in SD - which I would assume covers a state-certified daycare. Flu vax isn't mentioned.

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in the event that it is and I need to claim a religious exemption, IS there a specific one? For the chicken pox vax, I can point out that it was created from aborted fetuses and as a good Catholic, I cannot condone that vaccine. Is there any such "out" for the flu shot?
Religious exemptions are all or nothing. You must state opposition to the practice of vaccination in order to claim a religious exemption ... if you claim opposition to certain vaccines only (even for religious reasons), that is considered philosophical exemption; and it is disallowed in your state.

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The only state that "mandates" the flu shot is NJ and that is only very recently. As for religious exemptions you cannot pick and choose. You either vaccinate or you don't.
But you don't have to get the flu shot and if this person is telling you it's mandated they are full of it. Ask them to show you your states law that "mandates" flu shots. That should shut them up.

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Some people get out of flu shots in general since they use eggs... so if your DC have egg allergies...
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Sadly, no egg allergies (who ever thought I'd preface that statement with "sadly" ?)

I didn't know that religious exemptions were all or nothing. Well that sucks.

I better go tell DH that we're moving to MN....LOL.

At any rate, it's good to confirm that the flu vax is not mandated.
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Sadly, no egg allergies (who ever thought I'd preface that statement with "sadly" ?)

I didn't know that religious exemptions were all or nothing. Well that sucks.

I better go tell DH that we're moving to MN....LOL.

At any rate, it's good to confirm that the flu vax is not mandated.
Justed wanted to add you can have a religious revelation at any time and stop vaccinating completely at any time.

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Justed wanted to add you can have a religious revelation at any time and stop vaccinating completely at any time.

Good Luck.

I do think my religious revelation will be occuring shortly. I'm going to allow my daughter to get vax'd through 12 mo. (MMR shots seprately, no chicken pox) and then I will become extremely religious.

Just a premonition I have
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