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We just moved to HI and DS just started Kindergarten.There is a state wide campaign to vaccinate all children for the flu (and all the rest too,but right now its the flu).There are radio ads,billboards,all kinds of stuff.The most annoying are the cards that come drifting out of his folders.Its sad that so much money (and paper!) is being spent on this.They are going to be giving the shots at the schools in a couple of months and we were sent a form to decide which version of the vaccine we wanted our child to receive.DS does have an exemption but I am kinda nervous that he will just follow along and raise up his sleeve.(he is only 5)I have been dropping advice about not getting a shot to him and hope that he does remember and I plan on telling the teacher as well.
 

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Honestly, I would just keep my child home that day. No way would I trust the school to remember/honor the exemption.
 

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ITA! No way would I take that risk.
 

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Another vote to keep him home that day and don't sign anything giving permision. Don't state why you are keeping him home either, just give a vague excuse on the note when he goes back.
 

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Another vote for keeping your child home that day. Thats so scary, think shots should not be given at school at all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I would keep him home that day and a few days following. The nasal vaccine is a live vaccine. Lots of parents will choose that one, to avoid the trauma of an injection. With possibly hundreds of kids receiving that vaccine, there's bound to be some attenuated flu virus floating around the school. There's no point in catching the flu - it doesn't provide you long term immunity to the flu, you just get sick for a week. I'd keep him home for a few days, if at all possible. If not, I'd definitely keep him home the day they do it. There is NO WAY I'd trust the school to remember that he's not supposed to get the vaccine. I don't believe anyone (or at least most people) would maliciously give it to him against your will, but if he's only one of a few or even the only one in his class whose parent doesn't sign the note, I'd just expect them to forget quite accidentally.
 

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I'd also keep him home, especially if there's the flumist-that can shed! Makes me worry for any children at that school that are immune-compromised!
 

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I agree with all the PP. Keep him home that day.<br><br>
My mom did delayed/selective vaccines with my because of certain reactions I had. She always told me never to get a shot without her there. I will never forget when I was 5 in school and the teacher told us we were all going to see the nurse so we lined up and off we went. I realized that I was going to get “a needle” and told the nurse that my mom said no. They told me it’s ok and my mom said it’s fine. Well of course I had a bad reaction and when my Dad came to pick me up that day they just said “oh she is just acting up from the shot”. I remember him explaining that he didn’t know I was getting any shots at school. I don’t know what shot it was but I will never forget how mad I was that the nurse didn’t listen to me.<br><br>
So…after all that rambling I just wanted to let you know that even if your son tells them no, they might do it anyway.
 

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I would also write an explicit "non permission" slip.<br><br>
This way, they absolutely KNOW they do not have permission to give it to him.<br><br>
Just an extra layer of protection
 

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ideally i would keep them home that week but if i couldn't do that i would send a new copy of the exemption along with a non-consent form and i would make a call to the school beforehand to find out what time they are doing all this and follow-up at that time by phone or in person to be sure he doesn't get the shot.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ideally i would keep them home that week but if i couldn't do that i would send a new copy of the exemption along with a non-consent form and i would make a call to the school beforehand to find out what time they are doing all this and follow-up at that time by phone or in person to be sure he doesn't get the shot.</div>
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Maybe add at the bottom "if you do not understand any part of this non-consent form here is my lawyer's contact information:" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.
 

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I hadn't thought of keeping him home for a couple of days.Thats a very good idea.I think we will still get the flu from someone who gets the spray since we live on an island and they are really,really pushing the flu vax here.
 

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My gut thought is to make sure they are done with the vaccine blitz before you return your child, cuz I'd hate to have the nurse pull him in with an older grade since he wasn't there the day his class got it. I am assuming a large school, which will take a couple of days to vaccinate all the kids.<br><br>
and make sure your school nurse knows that if your child is pulled in at any time for the vaccine there will be a major problem.
 
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