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#1 of 5 Old 04-06-2014, 06:07 PM - Thread Starter
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Anyone have any advice for me regarding vaccine exemptions in NYC? 


My son will be three in July and we are planning to move from NJ to Brooklyn, where he would attend pre-school. He has been vaccinated through 9 months, but has not had the MMR, Chickenpox, or Hep A vaccines.


We stopped vaccinating due to his severe allergies to many foods, including eggs. Our pediatrician supports this decision, and his current school (in NJ) accepted a letter from our doctor to exempt him from those vaccines and the flu shot.


I've recently read that NY is the most difficult state for vaccine exemptions. I'm not sure what to do--I won't vaccinate him, so if anything, we'd have to cancel our plans to move. I would hate for this to prevent us from moving...


Anyone have experience with this in NYC? I've read that religious exemption would be tough because a) he's already had some vaccines, and b) they will do a sincerity test to make sure people aren't lying. I've also ready that they basically don't give medical exemptions in NYC.


I'd love any advice, suggestions, anything! Thank you!!

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Hi, that is correct, in NYC is very hard to get an exemption, my baby is only 18 months but I am already looking into this and it does not look good.
If you have a doctor to back you up it might be a little easier.
Some people have success with religious exemptions, you should definitely give that a try, try to google religious exemption letters samples to get an idea then make your own, hope you succeed.
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In order to claim a religious exemption in NYS, you must have an objection to the practice of vaccination. You may not claim a religious objection to specific vaccines. It's all or nothing. 


Since the advice from AAP and ACIP is that egg allergy is not a contraindication to MMR, you will likely not get a medical exemption for it. (FWIW I do know people who got medical exemptions in NYS - but the children were immunocompromised). 

DD 01/2007, DS 09/2011

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thanks for the info. this is very discouraging. 

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There are ways to get a religious exemption for a partially vaccinated child. You will just have to address the issue in the exemption letter and explain when/why you stopped vaccinating. Try contacting the 'Coalition For Informed Choice', they will send you a lot of information so you can weigh your options.
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