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The law in Texas states that the exemtions forms are for the purpose of admitting a child into a public school or daycare, and that the forms must be submitted to the "admitting official" within 90 days from the date they are signed. I'd rather have one lying around to show (in case, maybe, he has to go to the emergency room, or anything) that he IS exempt, even though he won't be attending a daycare, and school is many years off. Is it worth the time, do you think? Or should I just wait until he goes to school?
 

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I would not waste an exemption form - as soon as you sign and notarize it, the "validity clock" starts ticking and in two years it becomes invalid.<br><br>
You don't need this exemption form for anything other than daycare/school entry.<br><br>
Even if you don't sign/use them, you can still send out for the forms though.
 

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It seems the forms are for organizations that are legally required to keep track of the vaccination status of the kids who attend. Some ERs have the vax question on their checklist, but just answering their question is fine--they don't require proof if you say "yes, up to date" or "behind" or "none at all." I wouldn't bother in this case. I have them for daycare attendance for my kids, but I didn't get any extras notarized.<br><br>
You can request the forms now, but at the rate new vaccinations are being added, they could be out of date before you need them.
 

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I don't know, I'd kind of like to have one to protect myself from prople who believe that we're idiots for not vaccinating. Do you only get five forms, ever? or just five at a time? I don't see why we can't renew the form when it expires, or when he needs it, or just have the form ready for when he needs it, but not yet signed...
 

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Just 5 at a time. But you can order another 5 the next day (or send them multiple written requests on the same day if you want). Once it's notarized, it's good for 2 years. If it makes you feel better, yeah, go for it. For me, I'm not sure it would make, say, the ER people treat me better than if I just said "we don't vaccinate," but maybe it would. So far, I haven't had to deal with that, and I'm grateful. It might make some back off, or at least realize they're dealing with an informed parent, and that may help. I really hope I never find out (but with child #2, honestly, I'm just waiting for our first ER trip, the kid seems determined to injure himself, and he's only 10 mos!).
 

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I am in Texas and I only have to get the philosophical exemption forms for my children renewed every 5 yrs- and I get 5 copies of each for EACH child. Maybe they have changed it to every 2 yrs now- its been 2 yrs since I got these anyhow- I do not have to get new ones for another 3 yrs...it says so on my forms- I turned one set into their schools and I have the other remaining copies for whenever I might need them. HTH!
 

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When Dh was in the hospital they knew his vac status (never had any) and they never asked us for a form or bothered us. I just told them we claim a religious exemption and they are not allowed to ask any more questions (so the nurse said).
 

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I am in Texas and I only have to get the philosophical exemption forms for my children renewed every 5 yrs- and I get 5 copies of each for EACH child. Maybe they have changed it to every 2 yrs now- its been 2 yrs since I got these anyhow- I do not have to get new ones for another 3 yrs...it says so on my forms- I turned one set into their schools and I have the other remaining copies for whenever I might need them. HTH!</div>
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The five copies for each child are good for a total of 10 years. As soon as you have one notarized, they're good for two years. Every two years you submit a new form to the school, giving you 10 year's worth of exemptions for each child with each five-form request.
 

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We also have the forms around unsigned in a special folder. I had to get one for ds1 any way as he gets speech therapy through the school and they required it after I refused his 4yr boosters. You wouldn't believe the time we had finding someone to notarize it though. Apparently several of the notaries felt it was their moral duty to try and force us to vax our child. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Just 5 at a time. But you can order another 5 the next day (or send them multiple written requests on the same day if you want). Once it's notarized, it's good for 2 years. If it makes you feel better, yeah, go for it. For me, I'm not sure it would make, say, the ER people treat me better than if I just said "we don't vaccinate," but maybe it would. So far, I haven't had to deal with that, and I'm grateful. It might make some back off, or at least realize they're dealing with an informed parent, and that may help. I really hope I never find out (but with child #2, honestly, I'm just waiting for our first ER trip, the kid seems determined to injure himself, and he's only 10 mos!).</div>
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I know how that feels. Evan, also, is determined to walk, even if it means he gets whacked on the head two or three times a day when he falls.<br><br>
Anyway, thank you all, I think I'll go ahead and get the forms, better to do it now while I have time and am thinking about it rather than wait "until the last minute" and if the exemtions are not up-to-date when he does need them, I can do it again.
 
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