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Mods~ I know this technically isnt a vax but it's still an injection and wanted the wisdom of the mamas in this forum <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Ok, we are in the middle of an adoptive homestudy and I was told that we can not exempt out of a TB test. Does anyone know if this is true? I asked the worker that is handling our paperwork and she said it was different for kids entering school but this is mandatory.....not sure if she's right? Thanks mamas!!
 

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I don't know why it would or would not be mandatory. However I am just curious because I haven't heard this mentioned here before... are you worried because of what the test involves? Is it some ingredient in the injection or is it just the needless shot?<br><br>
Are you looking at adoption from a country where they have BCG?<br><br>
FYI: I've been vaccinated for TB five times and I never test positive. They cannot figure out why that is. But there's a certain percentage of the population that doesn't test right.
 

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I don't know anything about the home study rules, but even if you can't get an exemption, other TB tests exist that don't involve injecting anything. There's a sputum test, the chest X ray, and someone on one of the mailing lists I read even tracked down a blood test for it once upon a time...actually I just Googled TB Blood Test and this came up...you might want to research it:<br><a href="http://aids.about.com/od/vaccinesscreenings/a/tbbloodtest.htm" target="_blank">http://aids.about.com/od/vaccinesscr...bbloodtest.htm</a>
 

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You should be able to refuse any test or procedure for yourselves or whoever is in your custody, it is a basic human right (not sure who is getting tested here - you or the child). But it is not the same exemption as from vaccination as technically it is not a vaccine, so it is not included. There should be a separate procedure for those, I am just not sure about the custody issues - i.e. whether or not it is your choice or still someone else's.
 

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Ok, we are in the middle of an adoptive homestudy and I was told that we can not exempt out of a TB test. Does anyone know if this is true? I asked the worker that is handling our paperwork and she said it was different for kids entering school but this is mandatory.....not sure if she's right? Thanks mamas!!</div>
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Here's an ingredients list and partial preparation steps for the PPD (Tb skin test)<br><br><a href="http://www.fda.gov/cber/label/tubesan010807LB.pdf" target="_blank">Tubersol</a> (tuberculin purified protein derivative – diagnostic antigen)<br><br><span style="color:#0000FF;">5 TU per 0.1 mL purified protein derivative of M tuberculosis<br>
Sterile isotonic phosphate buffered saline<br>
0.0006% Polysorbate 80<br>
0.22% to 0.35% weight-to-volume phenol<br><br>
Prepared from a large Master Batch Connaught Tuberculin (CT68).<br>
A cell-free purified protein fraction is obtained from a human strain of Mycobacterium tuberculosis that was grown on a protein-free synthetic medium and inactivated.</span><br><br>
As for opting out of the Tb test, I would x-post this on the adoption board, if you haven't already. I'm sure there are many there who have had similar concerns.
 

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I dont know that there is an exception...i've been approved to adopt, and did get the TB test for both myself and my son (who is 10 and never been vaccinated.) He didnt have any reactions or anything. I did think at the time, that i wasnt super excited about having him injected with god knows what, but since he is no longer a little baby i was basically ok with it.<br><br>
What i did learn is not to take the homestudy worker's word for anything...she tried to tell me that i couldnt homeschool an adopted child before finalization...i told her i was sure i could (i was told that by someone...it really varies by state though), she checked with her supervisor, turns out i was right. So if you really dont want to get the skin test, and another test is one you'd consider, it should be accepted. I dont think you can choose not to prove that you/your child don't have TB (or been exposed) though...but i can't see that another acceptable alternative wouldnt be ok.<br><br><br>
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Grrr, what the heck is with CA and the freaking TB test?! We just moved back here and I hate that about this state!!!<br><br>
In AZ we did our foster and adopt homestudy w/out a TB test, they didn't even ask for one.<br><br>
Anyway, dh did the chest Xray to fulfill the TB test requirement for his job here, you can do the same for the homestudy. I feel a small amount of radiation is better than having junk injected into you, so that's my plan if I'm ever required to have one.
 

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A person can ask for a sputum test which is more expensive and takes longer, but is not invasive.<br>
There is also a blood test available.
 
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