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My husband is involved with an exchange here in the US. It involves German high school students coming for 6 weeks to attend school here, then our students go for 6 weeks to their school. Families host the students, and they are from our sister city.<br><br>
There is a new secretary at the school, and for the past couple of years she has been making this all very difficult for the students. I don't know what she has up her butt, but here is the problem she is creating this year.<br><br>
There is a German student whose parents don't believe in vaccination; she has never been vaccinated. The secretary is saying, and theoretically she is correct, that this girl, who just arrived in the US two days ago, will not be able to attend school here if she does not have a complete vaccination record.<br><br>
I have printed off a form (from the archives here) that shows our state regs and then has a religious exemption at the bottom. I fear they (the German student and her family) won't sign it, though, because they do not have a religious objection, only a moral/health objection. They can't get a doctor's note because they don't have a doctor here, and their doctor there is a homeopathic doctor; I don't know if they would accept that (though, frankly, my dh or I would be doing the translation, so I think we could translate it appropriately, if you know what I mean).<br><br>
I saw in one of the archives this quote:<br><br>
"The World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva grants American visitors the right to REFUSE shots when traveling internationally."<br><br>
I assume this applies to all travellers, not just Americans. Does anyone know where I can get a copy of this, to protect this student, and all future students, from the hassle of having to get immunizations that they don't want or need because of a 6 week high school exchange.<br><br>
Thank you very much!!<br><br>
Lori
 

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Just thinking politically here....have you tried asking for a meeting with the principal and the mayor, or whoever in the mayor's office is responsible for the sister city thing? I mean, how's it going to look in the paper when this kid, who's in compliance with German law (I assume), isn't allowed to go to school after they've gotten all the way over here?<br><br>
Maybe call a reporter or two as well.<br><br>
And point out that if all the other kids have their vaxes (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> that they're not at any kind of health risk from this unvaxxed kid.<br><br>
I think an end run around this secretary is warranted. If she's been making life difficult on other fronts for this exchange program, state those as well and ask whether someone who's obviously not committed to the program should really be in charge of it.<br><br>
I also don't think you would need to mention that their doctor is a homeopathic doctor if you wanted to go for the medical exemption.<br><br>
Just some random thoughts, HTH!
 

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Check out your State's Law. 22 states have concientous/philosophical exemption and 49 states have religious exemption. I'm not sure where you're from, but I'd call the dept of health or the nurse who heads the school districts school nurse program and ask about vaccine exemption. Do some research on the web for exemption too.
 

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Our state does not allow for philosophical exemption. Only medical and religious.<br><br>
I agree, if it comes to that we will make a big stink in the newspaper about it.<br><br>
I'm not sure what has been going on. I printed out the specifications for vaccination in Kansas public schools, as well as a sample exemption that I found on one of the forum archives and gave them to dh. I assume they worked, as he hasn't said much.<br><br>
This sort of thing really pisses me off, though. I mean, I *do* vaccinate my children, though not at the schedule recommended, and I don't do all of them; but because we have shown "progress towards completion" there isn't a problem with my children attending schools. So some German kid comes here for six weeks, and her first day in the US, the secretary comes down on her hard. Of course they didn't say anything about the exemption possibility. They told her the school nurse would have to start giving her the required immunizations, or she couldn't attend the schools at all. My dh came home and asked me about it; if *I* hadn't known that there was the possibility of exemption, she would not be attending school right now. What a crock!<br><br>
And what is it teaching our children? Well, I guess *I'm* teaching mine there is always a way around stupid rules...but still. Such diplomacy. Such good will. Urgh.<br><br>
THanks for the suggestions. I still would like to know what that CDC states about foreigners in the US. I believe I found that in a message that Cynthia Mosher posted. Cynthia, you out there? Can you find where you found that quote originally?<br><br>
THanks!<br><br>
Lori
 
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