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I'm posting under a different username for complicated reasons. It is possible that my/our decision to not vaccinate may come under some scrutiny in the coming months, and I'm wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of resources/research I can do that might result in a solid medical exemption.<br><br>
My dc has not had any vaccinations (he's nearly four). He has a sensitivity to dairy and eggs that manifests as mild exema/possibly unresolved cradle cap, and GI upset. No allergy testing. Within our immediate family (dc's parents), there is a history of a seizure disorder, not labeled specifically as anything, but three probable seizures (none within the last 7 years) and an abnormal EEG result.<br><br>
Does anyone know if any of those factors might be grounds for a medical exemption for any or all vaccinations? Is there a good resource where I could find a comprehensive list of contraindications for the various vaccines that might be a starting place for me?<br><br>
My dc has seen a GP regularly for well baby/child visits, and with adequate research, I think I could have that GP sign off on a medical exemption which might simplify some otherwise complicated issues in the months to come. For now, I do live in a state with fairly easy religious exemptions (OR), don't know about medical, but that might change and I want to be prepared to go above and beyond in proving due diligence if it comes to defending the choices made thus far.<br><br>
Thank you for any help or feedback.
 

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but what you have described are not reasons for medical exemptions. Your child will have had to have a serious reaction (possible seizures etc) to a vaccine already. Medical exemptions also just apply to that 1 vaccine that the child had had a serious reaction to, not to all vaccines. Having a grandparent with a seizure disorder would not be a reason either I'm afraid, unless the seizures were a direct result of said vaccine (ie that person in the family developed a seizure DO from getting a particular vaccine).<br><br>
Allergies and exzema and food intolerances are not seen as reasons to not vaccinate. In fact even the vaccines cultured in chicken eggs are said to be "safe" for children with egg sensitivities and would only be contraindiacted if the child went into anaphlyactic shock or something after eating eggs.<br><br>
Regardless of where you end up, you are much better off pursuing a religious exemption. Medical exemptions are so very hard to obtain, particularly under the circumstances you have described. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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WV and MS are the only two states without a religious exemption.<br><br>
WV comes up fairly often; you can search this board. WV medical exemptions are VERY specific, are reviewed by the state/health dept., and your child would not qualify for a medical exemption for any vaccine in WV iirc (<a href="http://www.wvimmunization.org/Portals/28/docs/pdfs/Laws_Recomm/64CSR95.pdf" target="_blank">§64-95-9. Medical Exemptions West Virginia</a>).<br><br>
States that offer religious or philosophical exemptions may have more "lax" medical exemption rules. You may want to try a DAN doctor as they see a connection between vaccines/illness and may be able to help.<br><br>
After reading your other post, I would look for a non-vax friendly doctor (like a DAN doctor or DO) that is sympathetic to your concerns. Medical exemptions are not force fields; it's not as if it goes into a countrywide system that doctors check before they administer vaccines--their father could get them vaxed anyway and likely would not be penalized even if he did not have medical custody.<br><br><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/vac-admin/contraindications-vacc.htm" target="_blank">http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/vac...tions-vacc.htm</a><br><br>
This link offers info on CPS family lawyer referrals if needed: <a href="http://www.falseallegation.org/services.htm" target="_blank">http://www.falseallegation.org/services.htm</a>
 

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OP here, thank you mods, for offering me the chance to remain off the radar, but I'm unable to log in to the alternate account. What will be, will be.<br><br><br>
Thank you for the replies. The seizures are actually something that I (dc's mama) have had the pleasure of experiencing, and I thought I'd read a package insert or two that had included family history of seizure disorder as a contraindication. Maybe I'm imagining that, it's been a couple of years since I was in the thick of research.<br><br>
I'm not so much concerned about the possibility of disagreements within our family, but with the potential for state involvement if there are custody issues in the future. I was thinking that if I could find medical proof of contraindications, that a medical exemption might look better in terms of not being open to allegations of neglect or whatever else. I have some resources for claiming religious exemption, but I also live in a state where there have been recent high profile cases of families who are members of a particular church being charged with child abuse/neglect/death of a child because the church tenets don't allow for medical intervention. If the state ends up being involved and I get the wrong person, a whole nasty can of worms might end up cracked wide open.<br><br>
I don't know yet what the future holds, but I am trying to line up whatever resources I can to maintain my child's health and safety. Thanks for the links, EmmelineII.
 
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