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What are the kentucky laws about vaccinations?

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From everything I've read, it seems that the only exemptions are religious reasons? We are planning on homeschooling our kids, so I guess it wouldn't ever be a huge issue there, but we are interested in montessori school if we could afford it. My son is vaccinated to date, but I am looking to possibly not vaccinate any more. My daughter only has the hospital dose of Hep B. If we move forward with vaccinations, it will only be selective. I'm sure there are other non-vaxers or selective vaxers here in KY, so please help with anything you know about it.
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We are presently in Kentucky. We do not vax and have a "religious exemption". I believe that is the only kind you can have beyond a medical exemption. However, your "religious" exemption can be almost anything. You do not have to belong to a religious group that is opposed to vaxing to have one either. We are the only vax free family in our church, I believe. I created my own "Religious Exemption" form and both me and my husband signed it. It does not need to be notarized, although I have considered doing that.

Here is my form that I created:

To whom it may Concern:
Re: Religious Objections to have our children routinely vaccinated (this includes our current children (listed below) as well as any future children):
"list children and date of birth for each here"

In accordance with Kentucky State Law, # 214.036, we are exempt from having our children vaccinated on the basis of religious objection.
Religious objection
214.036: Exceptions to testing or immunization requirement.
Nothing contained in KRS 158.035, 214.010, 214.020, 214.032 to 214.036, and 214.990 shall be construed to require the testing for tuberculosis or the immunization of any child at a time when, in the written opinion of his attending physician, such testing or immunization would be injurious to the child's health. Nor shall KRS 158.035, 214.010, 214.020, 214.032 to 214.036, and 214.990 be construed to require the immunization of any child whose parents are opposed to medical immunization against disease, and who object by a written sworn statement to the immunization of such child on religious grounds. Provided, however, that in the event of an epidemic in a given area, the Cabinet for Health Services may, by emergency regulation, require the immunization of all persons within the area of epidemic, against the disease responsible for such epidemic. Effective: July 15, 1998 History: Amended 1998 Ky. Acts ch. 426, sec. 396, effective July 15, 1998. -- Amended 1980 Ky. Acts ch. 55, sec. 1, effective July 15, 1980. -- Amended 1976 Ky. Acts ch. 128, sec. 4. -- Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 74, Art. VI, sec. 107(3). -- Amended 1968 Ky. Acts ch. 87, sec. 4. -- Created 1962 Ky. Acts ch. 95, sec. 4.

Our religious beliefs include, but are not limited to, the following:
We believe that The Holy Bible is directly inspired by God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)
We believe in God, and that God has created us in His image. (Genesis 1:27) In being created in God's image, we are given His perfect immune system. We are bestowed with His gift, the immune system. We believe it is sacrilegious and a violation of our sacred religious beliefs to violate what God has given us by showing a lack of faith in God. Immunizations are a lack of faith in God and His way, the immune system."
We believe in Jesus' many promises of protection for us, and that He loves us, and will take care of us if we place our trust in Him. We believe immunizations show no faith in God's promises of protection for us, saying to God that you trust man more than His holy words of protection for us.
We believe that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost and of God and are not our own, (I Corinthians 6:19) and are to remain holy and pure (Romans 12:1); not violating it with foreign substances, toxins, poisons, or human cells.
If, after much consideration and prayer, we do decide to give certain immunizations, for specific reasons, this does not in any way nullify our beliefs regarding all routine immunizations. Therefore this religious exemption would still be valid and in no way waved.
Thank you for your time and consideration in this important matter.
"Full Name and address here"
"signature of each parent/guardian and date"
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great letter!
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