Robbed of MY choice!
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|Fri, 08-29-2003 - 10:51am|
I feel I'm being reamed up the arse by the Gestapo.
I am the mother of 4 sons - my kindy being the youngest - and I have done quite a bit of research into this area. I have chosen to have my children vaccinated for most illnesses, but have refused others. I have refused the HepB vax (they have no business exposing newborns to this vaccination unless there is some *tangible* reason that they will be exposed to it), I have refused the varicella, I have refused a second dose of the mumps or rubella vaxes, among others. Luckily, the vaxes I have chosen to be given to my children so far have been the ones required by law - until now.
My 3 older sons do not have the HepB vax, but they can go to school legally, no problem. So because some legislator decided to make it law that kids have the HepB vax, my youngest will be denied entry into school, but his brothers, who also have not been vaxed for HepB, can waltz right in with no problems. Unbelievable.
So do I, against my own educated judgment, force this child to have the series just so he can go to school, or do I stand firm in my beliefs about it and homeschool him? I am completely between a rock and a hard place here. I want him to go to school. I want him to have the school experiences. I myself am in school pursuing a nursing degree, so do I have to bend over and take it like a man even though it goes against my own judgment as a mother?
This is a pisser of a predicament. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.
By the way, I've already been told that we would be denied a medical waiver unless my doctor documented some physical illness or other medical reason he shouldn't have the series. In the same breath the school district told me not to even try to get a religious waiver, as my youngest has had all the other vaxes required by law. I didn't even ask for a religious waiver - I'm pretty sure the Catholic church doesn't have a problem with vaccinations. It goes against my own personal beliefs to claim religious reasons for not wanting one's children vaccinated when it has nothing to do with religion, but the state is making it almost necessary to LIE about it when they won't allow a parent to make informed decisions on this thing! AUGH, I'm so frustrated!