question for "non-vaxers"

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Registered: 06-24-2008
question for "non-vaxers"
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Tue, 12-09-2008 - 1:19pm

A question that comes to mind quite often and I'm curious to know how people who do not immunize their children plan to address is: what do you do when the school requires certain immunizations for the child to attend school? Or how will your child enroll in college/university when the institution requires antibody titers to show immunity .. or if your child grows up and decides to enter a health care field and must have antibody titers, or be vaccinated? I believe you can sign a waiver if your employer requires a vaccine, if you choose not to have it, but there was no option to sign a waiver for college or when it came time for clinical rotations -- all students were required to have antibody titers ..

I may have missed something and there may be a way around it .. but I'm curious to know.



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Registered: 04-09-2008
Tue, 12-09-2008 - 2:56pm

Each state has different laws. All states with the exception of 2 have a religious exemption, all states have a medical exemption, about 1/3 have philosophical exemptions.

Rands

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Registered: 06-05-2008
Tue, 12-09-2008 - 3:08pm
When did this proof of vaxes become required for entering college? I don't recall ever being asked about my vax status when I applied or entered college. Is this fairly new? Or is it because I went to a private school?
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Registered: 04-09-2008
Tue, 12-09-2008 - 3:24pm
Private colleges can have their own rules regarding vaccinations. They can mandate them or not. If you didn't have such a thing, then the college you attended didn't have a preference.
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Registered: 10-18-2007
Tue, 12-09-2008 - 3:59pm

IMO, if children are in college, then they aren't children anymore.

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Tue, 12-09-2008 - 6:32pm
I most definitely agree- and was doing the college question based on an individual preference, not so much from a parental view.

Rands

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Registered: 12-14-2005
Wed, 12-10-2008 - 10:16am

"Unlike some countries, immunization is not mandatory in Canada; it cannot be made mandatory because of the Canadian Constitution. Only three provinces have legislation or regulations under their health-protection acts to require proof of immunization for school entrance. Ontario and New Brunswick require proof for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella immunization. In Manitoba, only measles vaccination is covered. It must be emphasized that, in these three provinces, exceptions are permitted on medical or religious grounds and reasons of conscience; legislation and regulations must not be interpreted to imply compulsory immunization."

Immunization in Canada - Volume: 23S4 - May 1997 - Canadian National Report on Immunization, 1996 Health Canada Website
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/ccdr-rmtc/97vol23/23s4/23s4b_e.html






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Registered: 12-14-2005
Wed, 12-10-2008 - 10:18am

"IMO, if children are in college, then they aren't children anymore. If they *want* a vaccine I am in no position to stop them. If they are told they are required, then we address this misconception but in the end it won't be my choice. You do the best you can to raise your kids, explain the issues of life, ultimately though we all must let go."

ITA fully, when DD's reaches adulthood - it will be her decision to make and we will certainly explain why we did vaccinate, the adverse events, why we stopped vaccinating and then leave it up to her.





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Registered: 12-27-2005
Wed, 12-10-2008 - 10:31pm

ITA!


My oldest started college this year, and there wasn't one mention of vaccinations.

 

Tracy - wife to Ron since 9/9/03, mom to college sophomore, Jason (18), high school Junior Chase
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Registered: 09-09-2007
Thu, 12-11-2008 - 2:04am
I think this is another area where lots of people kind of "follow the herd" and don't do their research. When school was about to begin in my area this year (Texas) the news stations filled the beginnings of their broadcasts by reminding parent's to get up to date on immunizations or their children couldn't start school. My ds is 2 years away but between the news and other people asking what we were going to do when the time came I decided to do some research. I found the local ISD handbook online and clearly stated on the second page was the paragraph on immunizations and that you can sign a religious exemption statement or a statement of exemption for "conscious reasons" (I love that phrase). It took me under 5 minutes to find out that I didn't have to immunize my child to get him into public school. Yet the news and others made it seem impossible. I don't know about all colleges but I went to local community college and the subject never came up. I've also never been required by a job to get a shot. Even at a daycare I worked at the flu shot they gave was optional. Some daycares may require children be immunized but it depends on the type of ownership I think.
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Registered: 04-09-2008
Thu, 12-11-2008 - 3:07pm

"Unlike some countries, immunization is not mandatory in Canada; it cannot be made mandatory because of the Canadian Constitution.


Tash,


I'd like to point out an item of interest that I always (well since getting in the vaccine issue anyway) found of interest.

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