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I received a letter from the HD stating that "it has come to their attention that " my ds is due for his "required" vaccines. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> So, what do I do? Do I ignore it, send a copy of my exemption, etc? For the record, I don't have an exemption for ds (and dd is fully vaxed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">) b/c I didn't think I'd need one for him until he was school age-is that a wrong assumption?? I'm in NC if it matters. He is partially vaxed-up until his 4 months shots. At the peds I just signed a form stating I was refusing vaxes.<br><br>
Oh yeah, I forgot-it appears he is part of some kind of vaccine registry. Any idea what that is, or how to opt out of it???
 

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Maybe you should send a ltter back that vaccination is not required for existance <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> .<br><br>
It appears that you cannot opt out.<br><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/nip/registry/privacy/legsurv.htm" target="_blank">http://www.cdc.gov/nip/registry/privacy/legsurv.htm</a>
 

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Under North Carolina law, religious and medical exemptions are allowed, but philosophical exemptions are not.<br><br>
From Immunize North Carolina: <a href="http://www.immunizenc.com/Exemptions.htm" target="_blank">G.S.130A-157. Religious exemption</a>:<br><br><span style="color:#0000FF;">If the bona fide religious beliefs of an adult or the parent, guardian or person in loco parentis of a child are contrary to the immunization requirements contained in this Part, the adult or the child shall be exempt from the requirements. Upon submission of a written statement of the bona fide religious beliefs and opposition to the immunization requirements, the person may attend the college, university, school or facility without presenting a certificate of immunization.</span><br><br>
10A NCAC 41A .0403 Non-Religious Personal Belief No Exemption: <span style="color:#0000FF;">Except as provided in G.S. 130A-156 and G.S. 130A-157, and 10A NCAC 41A .0404 and .0405, no child shall be exempt from the requirements of 10A NCAC 41 .0401; there is no exception to these requirements for the case of a personal belief or philosophy of a parent or guardian not founded upon a religious belief.</span><br><br>
There's no form. Here's what they want at a minimum: <span style="color:#0000FF;">To claim a religious exemption, the parent or person requesting the exemption must write a statement of their religious objection to immunization, including the name and date of birth of the person for whom the exemption is being requested. This statement would then be provided to schools, child care programs, camps, etc. in place of an immunization record. If a family is requesting a religious exemption for more than one child, a separate statement should be prepared for each child. Statements of religious objection to immunization do not need to be notarized or prepared by an attorney. They do not need to be submitted to the state for review or <a href="http://www.vaclib.org/exempt/northcarolina.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vaclib.org/exempt/northcarolina.htm</a>approval.<br></span><br><br><a href="http://www.vaclib.org/exempt/northcarolina.htm" target="_blank">VaccineTruth.Org</a> has several sample letters for religious exemptions in NC available for download.<br><br>
I don't think you can opt out of the vaccine registry. That is maintained mostly to facilitate tracking vaccination rates and to allow those who need to see proof of vaccination or parents who want to double-check their kids vax tatus. But here's how to contact people at the North Carolina Immunization Registry if you have questions:<br><br><span style="color:#0000FF;">- NCIR Help Desk - 1-877-873-6247<br>
- NCIR Help Desk email - <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br>
- NC's Local Health Departments Phone Numbers: <a href="http://www.ncalhd.org/county.htm" target="_blank">www.ncalhd.org/county.htm</a></span><br><br>
ETA: Under NC law, I think you have to get an exemption even if your child is too young for school.<br><br>
From NC General Statute 10A NCAC 41A .0401: <a href="http://www.immunizenc.com/NCRulesandLaws.htm" target="_blank">Dosage and age requirements for vaccination<br></a><br><span style="color:#0000FF;">(a) Every individual in North Carolina required to be immunized pursuant to G.S. 130A-152 through 130A-157 shall be immunized against the following diseases by receiving the specified minimum doses of vaccines by the specified ages:...</span> It then goes on to list all the required vaxes. There is nothing in all the material about required vaxes or exemptions about not including very young children. It only says over and over that these vaccinations are required.<br><br>
HTH.
 

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Ignore it and see about opting out of the registry. I'm not aware of any states that don't let you opt out.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I agree with Angela that you can probably ignore the registry without worry. I just don't think there's a way to get your daughter's info off it or to object to it officially. It appears to merely be a record-keeping tool. I wouldn't worry about it.
 

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When I was living in NC I got that letter ALL the time as DD1 never went to any well visits since she was a yr. old. I tossed 'em all. Noone ever did anything.
 

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SIMPLY PUT IT IN YOUR TRASH CAN! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
AT BEST IT IS JUST "RECORD KEEPING" AND SOMETHING COMPUTER GENERTATED, AT ITS WORSE IT'S NOTHING MORE THAN AN ATTEMP AT INTIMIDATION.<br><br>
Keep strong!
 

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I would ignore it. They are just "reminding" you. The only thing vaccines are required for is school entry, and for that, you can have an exemption.
 

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Exemptions are for school only and have nothing to do with this. You have no reason to be scared about anything, cps is not coming for you because the health department sent you a letter. They send those to any kid, even kids that are only missing one dose of one shot (like Hep A). People do not need to be vaxed and/or exempted to exist in this country at least. You do not need to vax, go to the doctor for anything, or file an exemption if you don't ever want to (things might get tricky when the kid is older, but there are still always ways around these things). Throw the letter away and forget about it. Or if you're like me, return it to sender with a short and snarky message attached.
 

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Hi! I am in NC as well -- my doctor said when I claim religious exemption they will simply note it in the registry and that will be it. The nurse at our doc's office has entered all info regarding vax's (my 2 oldest are fully vax'd) and when a religious exemption is entered it, essentially, wipes it all out (as I understand the system).
 

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I've always thrown these things away. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: I've lived in both NY and NC and nothing has ever come of it. My school age kids have their exemptions (to get into school) and that's all I've needed.
 

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Ok, cool. I thought it was a "tosser" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> but it kinda freaked me when I got it. I thought I was flying "under the radar" so to speak. <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'm in NC and have yet to be reminded by this registery.<br>
Wonder how you got into the system??<br><br>
Anyway, I would ignore it. It sounds like just a computer generated reminder and not anyone looking into your family directly.
 

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The registry is brand new. It logs in all vax's your kids receive and is supposed to be "convienent" for everyone when you move, etc. there is no need to request a vaccination record. It was my understanding this is a national database.... not sure where other states stand at the moment, but I have seen our personal info entered in (the nurse gave me the link).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The registry is brand new. It logs in all vax's your kids receive and is supposed to be "convienent" for everyone when you move, etc. there is no need to request a vaccination record. It was my understanding this is a national database.... not sure where other states stand at the moment, but I have seen our personal info entered in (the nurse gave me the link).</div>
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I'm pretty sure it's not national yet. They want it to be though. I'm also pretty sure that you can opt out in every state.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ignore it and see about opting out of the registry. I'm not aware of any states that don't let you opt out.<br><br>
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Washington won't to some degree. Yes, they will allow you child's vaccine info to not be recorded in the registry, but they will never erase you child's info from the registry. They take the info. from the birth certificate and put it into the registry. It infuriarates me that my chid's personal info is sitting in a government registry.
 

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At least it looks like claiming a religious exemption is pretty easy in your state. You just have to write up some b/s about your god not wanting you to vax or something.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">At least it looks like claiming a religious exemption is pretty easy in your state. You just have to write up some b/s about your god not wanting you to vax or something.</div>
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You don't even have to do that, if the OP is indeed in NC. Truly, nothing more is needed than the following statement:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Sign it and you're done. There are some official-looking "forms" you can download form various websites, as linked above, which probably helps if you're dealing with someone who doesn't know the law. But you do not have to state anything about god or describe your belief in any sort of detail whatsoever.
 

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I do know that when I lived in RI I received those letters all of the time. They get the names from the birth certificates and when I called to get more information I was sent a packet about how you can get a copy of what is in the registry for your child and if you disagree with something noted you can appeal and try to have it taken off. I was told by my ped not to worry, that it is just a way to be able to take the confusion out of when kids show up for school and no one remembers if they were vax'd. BTW my ped is a homeopath and he is completely cool with no vax, he doesn't even ask anymore.<br>
I haven't gotten anything from CT but, we haven't had to register any births yet, our youngest was born in RI.<br>
I would relax and just get an exemption if you are planning to send your kids to school, or somewhere that requires proof of vax. Is there any law that demands that your child have an exemption just because?<br>
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