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Just read that the state of Minnesota will now require varicella and pneumococcal vaccines for all kids entering kindergarten starting with the 2004 school year.<br><br>
I've made informed choices regarding vaxing my kids, meaning they have most of the shots but some have been delayed a bit, but I will refuse to subject my children to these totally unnecessary vaxes.
 

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If that is what you read, it is wrong, only varicella is required for children entering kindergarten, and only children under 2 in child care will need proof of vaccine given for pneumococcal disease. Looks like the vaccine maker's lobbying is paying off. Ugh. It's a real gold mine for them to get their vaccine required for daycare and/or school entry!<br><br><br>
Children under two years old in child care will need to show proof they are immunized against pneumococcal disease. Also effective in 2004, children entering kindergarten will need to show proof of a second dose for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, while the required second dose will continue for children in grades 7-12 until 2012.<br><br>
The new rules do not change the medical exemption or the option for parents to decline any or all vaccines for conscientious reasons. In fact, the rules include a provision that requires all child care facilities and elementary/secondary schools to use the official MDH record form or a similar document approved by MDH when communicating to parents regarding immunizations requirements and exemption procedures. This is in response to concerns from parents and others that the information schools and child care facilities send out does not always follow the law and does not always include information about the legal exemptions, as required.<br><br><br><a href="http://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/immuniz090903.html" target="_blank">http://www.health.state.mn.us/news/p...niz090903.html</a><br><br>
Here's a form you can print and submit upon school enrollment,<br><br><a href="http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/immunize/laws/pupilrec.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/i...s/pupilrec.pdf</a><br><br>
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Thanks for the info suschi! What a racket and a bunch of bs propaganda (the MDH news release). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry">
 

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They provide a form of exemption in order to cover themselves in case of serious adverse reactions such as death or life-long disability so that you can not directly sue them for compensation. This way it goes through the reporting system sponsered by the government and settlements are paid through tax dollars, instead of the companies assuming liability.
 

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Only problem is, with the reporting system, approximately 85% or more adverse reactions are denied by the doctors and never reported.
 
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