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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:2px;padding-left:0px;">We are making the decision to move to either Providence or somewhere outside, in MA. Replies regarding RI or MA will be greatly appreciated!  We don't necessarily mean to compare the two states in this post, just gather information on each with the same post.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:2px;padding-left:0px;">We have just moved to New England and will soon be navigating the system here as we prepare to send our DS to preschool (next fall).  We are planning on delaying vaccinations indefinitely, until our child is a much older child.  The situation is complicated by the fact that we<em style="font-style:italic;font-weight:inherit;"> did</em> have DS vax'd - Hib, Prevnar, DTaP - at 6/7/8 mos but have now stopped altogether.  We are researching how to do a school exemption for a private preschool and then later, for a public elementary school in the state of Massachusetts or Rhode Island.  Anyone have any tips?   </p>
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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:2px;padding-left:0px;">Also, do I <em>have</em> to tell my pediatrician that I have religious views that support my decisions? (I would rather be honest and just discuss my reservations with vax. .. but not if it derails the whole school exemption thing)  Has anyone had trouble with a Massachusetts or Rhode Island public school system with an exemption?  Anyone BTDT and just want to offer some kind words of encouragement?<img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border-top-width:0px;border-right-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;border-left-width:0px;"></p>
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<p>For RI I think you can find the religious exemption form on the health department website. There are no philosophical exemptions (according to the nurse at DD's daycare). I'm currently waiting to fill out the forms, but I won't pursue the issue until the nurse brings it up with me. DD has most of her vaccines, but there are some that I don't want her to have and her nurse said just fill out the religious exemption form.</p>
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<p>As for telling the pedi your religious views, I'm not sure about that one.</p>
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<p>Hi Mrsberman - So from what you're saying, the nurse sort of knew that you didn't have religious views determining your decisions to vax, she just needed the officail form filled out and on file?  If that's all it takes I will be greatly relieved (even though MA doesn't have the forms to print out, you have to write a letter) I would rather not have to describe at length my made up religious views at DS's preschool.</p>
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<p>I haven't had a problem with preschools/schools in MA. (the only problem I've had is at the ER where they can sometimes get on your case. It's wise to bring a copy of the exemption letter when you go to the doc or ER.)</p>
<p>My son is partially vaxed.  He even had the a couple shots last year (I felt it was medically necessary) but I just don't mention those to schools.</p>
 

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<p>In RI, all I do is send a signed letter to the school that says "Vaccinating is against our religious beliefs."</p>
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<p>that's it!  They never even questioned that she was almost fully vaxed to 9 months.</p>
<p>I didn't have a problem in MA, either.</p>
 

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<p>Yes, the nurse knew my reasons weren't religious. I told her my reasons and she said they were philosophical, which RI doesn't have an exemption form for. She said that she can help me fill out a religious form when the time came. When the time comes I'll have something written up about religious beliefs, but I'm not sure how much in detail it needs to be. I like what bri276 has, but we partially vax so I'm not sure how this would work.</p>
 

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<p>I never had to explain my reasons for delayed vaccination; I signed the religious exempt form and knowone ever asked a thing.</p>
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<p>Our ped in Providence knows our reasons and freely discusses and supports our decisions. He signed of on all forms, noting "religous exemption", that's it. You should not have to explain your believes to anyone.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>belltree</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1281314/ri-and-ma-school-vax-exemption-form-help-advice-support#post_16080917"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I never had to explain my reasons for delayed vaccination; I signed the religious exempt form and knowone ever asked a thing.</p>
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<p>Our ped in Providence knows our reasons and freely discusses and supports our decisions. He signed of on all forms, noting "religous exemption", that's it. You should not have to explain your believes to anyone.</p>
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<br><br><p>This.  I have a friend who simply puts "The Church of Mom" on as her religion. </p>
 

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<p>I would like to add that I may be wrong about what I previoiusly wrote. Now the nurse and whoever she works with at the health department are saying I have to get something signed from my church.</p>
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