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Next school year we will be moving our children back to Texas. Our oldest, Emelie, will be 7 and entering 2nd grade. She was fully immunized due to our lack of knowledge. Our middle child, Meredith, was born 04/00 and immunized up to 10/00. She has received HEPb 1,2,3 | DiaP 1,2,3, | IPV 1,2,3, | HIB 1,2,3 | Varicella | Prevnar 1,2 | DTap | MMR | Geez, I cannot BELIEVE how many immunizations that is - is that all of them. We haven't taken her in since, but we had to recently supply a vaccination report for her Children's Day Out program she attends a few hours/day 3 days a week. Kenny has not been immunized at all.<br><br>
So, we're moving back to Texas and I'm not sure what the current laws are there regarding exemptions, but we do not want to immunize Kenny and we do not want any more immunizations for our daughters (if there ARE any more to be had).<br><br>
Though we cannot erase the past, is there anything they are now susceptible to as a result of having come this far in the immunization journey and then stopping? I wouldn't think so, but want to be certain. I mean, if I were feeding them something that I found out was harmful to their health, I would stop . . . so I'm certain the whole vaccination process is the same, right?<br><br>
Anyone know a link where I can find the current Texas State Laws regarding immunizations. The state's Health Dept. is a bit allusive regarding the subject.
 

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<a href="http://www.apconnect.org/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?;act=SF;f=8;st=0" target="_blank">APConnect!'s health forum</a>, including threads on new exemption<br><br><a href="http://www.vaccineinfo.net/" target="_blank">PROVE</a>, a Texas-based organization with up-to-the-minute news on Texas laws and the current state of the exemption<br><br>
I personally wouldn't count on the new conscientious exemption holding up for long. Its opponents tried to shoot it down twice in special session over the summer, even though it was never accepted for consideration during special session by the governor. I cannot imagine that it will not be attacked again with great vigor the moment the new legislative session opens.<br><br>
There is also some concern over TDH's "requirement" that you provide a name and birthdate of children you are requesting forms for when you send in a request for an exemption form. Although TDH is not authorized to retain records of who requests a form, this doesn't seem likely given the request for information ...<br><br>
Also:<br><br><a href="http://www.tdh.state.tx.us/immunize/default.htm" target="_blank">Texas Dept. of Health Immunization Division</a><br><br><a href="http://www.tdh.state.tx.us/immunize/school_exclusion.htm#conexempt" target="_blank">TDH vax exemption info</a>
 

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I was reading through the first link to PROVE and I am certainly NOT going to give out all the information for anyone to single my child out. If they aren't going to retain the information - I'm sure the question that is hashed is WHY ASK FOR IT? That makes me very uncomfortable.<br><br>
So, I imagine I could choose religious, but I guess I need to read whether or not I will have to prove membership to a church by which it is stated in their church doctrine?? Hmmmm . . . can't I just say I believe God designed our bodies perfectly and He is the ultimate healer? Guess that wouldn't fly, eh?<br><br>
Grand<b>mamaste</b> *snicker* - - - I never thought about TDH being Texas Dept. of Health. I read <i>The Diaper Hyena</i> . . . :LOL
 

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<i>Originally posted by amnesiac</i><br>
Note that you also have to request that form for religious exemptions
<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"> What business is it of theirs? GRRRRRRR! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead">
 

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Yeah, evidently some states (California among them, I believe) have such simple procedures for claiming exemptions that it's easier to claim the exemption (turn the form over, check the conscientious exemption and sign it) than it is to document that your child has shots (get the shot/date info from your health care provider, bring it in, etc.). Pro-vax officials are concerned that this type of arrangement will decrease vaccination rates.
 
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