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<p>If I do decide to do this I am a bit worried about my religious exemption. Because dd has had bad reactions in the past (though her ped refuses to see them as reactions) I will not be vaxing her ever again. So I need that exemption for her and will not risk loosing it to vax ds.<br><br>
I live in TN so we do have the vax registry but I was unable to find a way to opt. out of it. Does anyone know if there is an opt. out option here? I wrote an email but not surprisingly I havnt gotten a response.</p>
 

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<p>I live in TN and I don't know anything about a registry.  I claimed religious exemption with my kids and just filed the paperwork with our pre-school, then when DD started kindergarten fully vaxed, I submitted the paperwork from her doctor showing she was vaxed.  Where are you getting your vaxes?  The school obviously doesn't connect to any registry otherwise I wouldn't have had to jump through hoops to prove that my child was vaxed for the public school.  My religious exemption also wasn't filed with any registry. </p>
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<p>your case is obviously trickier with the younger child being vaxed but not the older.  I guess I would go ahead and get whatever shots you wanted to but file the religious exemption with the school.  It seems like in the state of TN you can religiously exempt from a specific vaccine (I've known people who did that, and the language the state suggests in their sample exemption letter also backs this up), so if anyone questioned it, you could say you only meant to claim exemption from chicken pox or something like that. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Quote:Originally Posted by KoalaMommy <br>
I live in TN and I don't know anything about a registry.  I claimed religious exemption with my kids and just filed the paperwork with our pre-school, then when DD started kindergarten fully vaxed, I submitted the paperwork from her doctor showing she was vaxed.  Where are you getting your vaxes?  The school obviously doesn't connect to any registry otherwise I wouldn't have had to jump through hoops to prove that my child was vaxed for the public school.  My religious exemption also wasn't filed with any registry. <br>
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your case is obviously trickier with the younger child being vaxed but not the older.  I guess I would go ahead and get whatever shots you wanted to but file the religious exemption with the school.  It seems like in the state of TN you can religiously exempt from a specific vaccine (I've known people who did that, and the language the state suggests in their sample exemption letter also backs this up), so if anyone questioned it, you could say you only meant to claim exemption from chicken pox or something like that. </div>
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When I was still vaxing we did it at the kids ped office and that will be where I get them if I decide to do so in the future. The registry was enacted back in 98' and all the schools in TN can access the registry if they wish no idea if the kids school does or not. Here is the <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://health.state.tn.us/ceds/immunization.htm" target="_blank">website for the registry</a> If my kids Dr. is on that registry and the school gets a wild hair to check it could cause all kinds of problems.<br><br>
The way the exemption was worded in 2005 is a lot different than it looked 2008 it no longer has the check boxes for the vax and is an all kinda thing. It no longer needs notarized. The religious exemption only needs to be on file with the school not the Dr. or the registry or anyone else.<br><br>
 

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<p>I think generally you ask your doctor to opt you out of the vax registry (from what I've heard from people in other states).  I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to next time we have a doctor's visit.<br><br>
Also, for your case, it's possible that you might be able to get another opinion from a different doctor, and get a medical exemption, depending on what your daughter's reactions were.</p>
 

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<p>I sent a letter to the Dept of Health asking that my kids be removed from the vax registry.  Since then I haven't reveived any of the "helpful" reminder cards about vaccinations, even though we are on a very delayed/selective schedule.  Here is the info I was told to send:</p>
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<p>Please send to me a letter with your signature requesting<br>
that your child be excluded from the state immunization registry. Please<br>
include your child's full name, date of birth and social security<br>
number, if available. We will then take the necessary steps to exclude<br>
your child from the registry data base. You may send a letter to me at<br>
the following address:<br><br>
Pam Baggett<br>
Tennessee Department of Health<br>
Immunization Program<br>
425 5th Avenue North, 1st floor<br>
Cordell Hull Building<br>
Nashville, TN 37243<br><br>
I hope this information is helpful. If you have other questions or<br>
would like to discuss this with me by phone, you are welcomed to contact<br>
me at 615-741-7507. Thank you. </p>
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<p>It has been a couple of years since I sent the letter, so you may want to check to see if Ms. Baggett is still in charge.  :)</p>
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That is very helpful thank you.<br><br>
No dd's reactions are not considered bad enough for her to have a medical exemption <img alt="greensad.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/greensad.gif">
 

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<p>I work for a government agency that sometimes accesses those records and I can tell you that some doctors are not very good about reporting to the registry while others are.</p>
 

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<p>I wouldn't worry about it too much. The schools do not access TWIS. They rely on us, the providers, to give them that information. For my own kids, I have given some vaccines and not others, and I have claimed religious exemption with no problem, even including the partial shot record. I've worked with several of my patient families to either 1) provide school with a partial shot record and the religious exemption or 2) provide the school with a blank shot record and the religious exemption.</p>
<p>Oh, and you can have your child's info removed from TWIS but if your ped decides to, he can just go back in and put it all back. Every ped office in TN has access to that service and the ability to enter patients and their records. So, if you do have it removed, be sure to discuss with the ped about not putting it back in.</p>
<p>Good luck. PM me if you need any more info. I'm a PNP in TN so I've dealt a lot with handling no vaccination.</p>
 
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