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hello!<br>
my family will be moving from the states to england in the fall. here we have chosen not to vaccinate our son. does anyone know where to find information on "required" vaccines in england and how to file for exemptions if that is necessary?<br>
i would really appreciate the info!<br>
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Hi,<br>
As far as I am aware there is no legal requirement to vaccinate at all in either England or other parts of the UK ( we are in Scotland). The health visitors whose job it is to administer them get pretty jumpy and look at you as if you are actually crazy if you challenge them but they can't force you. I have vaccinated against some but chose single vaccines rather than the huge doses of up to 6 things they put in some of the vaccines. I had to pay (not available on the NHS) but it was worth it for me. "They" asked questions but couldn't stop me.<br><br>
Good luck with the move.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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None of the childhood vaccinations are required.<br>
Good luck with the move.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br>
But it would still serve you well to find an understanding practice. I didn't vaccinate my guys with the MMR and was sent letter after letter. Eventually I got hold of my notes when we left the UK and there was some quite patronising comments about habving told me of the risks of not vaccinating and me not listening - yeah right!!<br><br>
Doc's in the UK used to get paid £30 per vaccine, so you might find you get less than preferential treatment if they don't fully understand your reasonings and you are not keeping their figures up!<br><br>
There are good docs out there though who will totally back you and nothing is required.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br>
Nothing is required, but doctors do have a financial incentive to vaccinate their patients.<br><br>
Some things that are routine/required in the US (Hep B for babies and chicken pox, off the top of my head) aren't given to children here. And there's no thimerosal in vaccines.
 

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I'm in England and we don't vaccinate.<br><br>
You have to register with a GP (general practitioner, like a family doctor). At my old clinic (before we moved) they put my son on the 'private patients' list because they would have had financial repurcussions otherwise (for every non-vaxed child they get less funds, apparently). But, they were accepting of our decision, no hassles.<br><br>
The official stance is that there is no thimerosal in vaccines anymore, but it's not entirely true. Some clinics still use older vaccines and don't even know. If you do vax, ALWAYS ask to see the insert.<br><br>
We home ed, but you don't need vaccinations to go to school, so exemptions aren't required.<br><br>
Good luck with your move! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You will find the whole attitutde towards vaccinations much more relaxed here. Many many parents here have opposed the MMR, and my experience of dr's and health visitors is that they tell you their little lines about vaccines because they have to and then they leave you to it. And schools don't require them. Happy moving!<br><br>
ETA: which part of the Uk are you moving to? just curious.
 
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