How to Legally Get a Vaccine Exemption in the US

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
How to Legally Get a Vaccine Exemption in the US
Tue, 12-27-2011 - 9:28am

As of 2011, all 50 states have enacted vaccine laws that require proof children have received certain vaccines in order to attend daycare, middle school, high school and college.

However, in most states citizens currently have the legal right to opt out of using vaccines.

All 50 states allow a medical exemption to vaccination (medical exemptions must be approved by an M.D. or D.O.); 48 states allow a religious exemption to vaccination; and 18 states allow a personal, philosophical or conscientious belief exemption to vaccination.

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Registered: 03-27-2003

and don't be surprised if your doctor throws you out of the practice if you come with that silly piece of paper (it's like trying to get your car salesperson to sign that you'll never have an accident with the car they are selling you). Hopefully everyone here has a doctor who works with them for the health of their children.

As for vaccine exemptions - keep in mind that the more in your community get one of those for their kids, the higher the likelihood of an outbreak. Think hard whether you want your child to infect a vulnerable baby (, transplant recipient (, cancer patient ( - I have/had all in the family. Selfishness does meet its boundaries when others' lives are at risk.

Happy and healthy New Year to all!

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010

Bring a copy of this to every vaccine appt and get your doctor to sign it.

Physician's Affidavit of Vaccine Safety