I may be able to help you out.
I'm in Ohio, when I signed DS up for preschool we still had the philosophical exemption but he made it in with no problem.
No need to be confused.
Most of us who are anti-vaccine didn't start out that way :)
You may want to try and get a conversation started here:
If you just want to talk to to other Moms then this board and the IV Vaccine Support Board are your best places to visit. There are so many very intelligent Moms who visit here...there's some real idiots too, but hey I was once an idiot in many of these subjects, lol.
I'm in GA and my partially vaccinated son went to a private K. At first I did nothing, the principal was fully aware of his partial status. One day I got a call and she's telling me that the county was coming to audit the school's vaccination records. I called a lawyer, he faxed me information. I filled out one form, included a letter about my views/experiences and self-education. I took both to her, she put it in his files and later called me to tell me that no questions were asked.
School officials and others may get you all upset and worried over this issue but in your state, it's unnecessary to worry about it, it's a very simple process :)
The reason I don't vaccinate anymore is because the side-effects of all the vaccines were more worrisome than an extremely rare chance of a child getting side-effects from a vaccine-preventable disease. I guess it helps that I had some of the diseases myself, and since I'm still alive just like all my same-age friends, it was much easier to see the lies for what they are. The diseases are not as deadly as you are made to believe. In addition, if you just research the first one - Hepatitis B, then you will learn more about the lies and misconceptions put into your head by both doctors and non-doctors alike...the school officials are the worse!
No baby on this earth needs a Hepatitis B shot unless their Mother had Hep B when she carried/birthed the child. And if the Mom has it, that's easily determined and usually already known at the time they give the baby a vaccine. Why then do they give this shot to babies when they are only hours old? Well it has much to do with money but they won't tell you that. Instead they tell you that your baby needs to suffer this vaccine so that drug addicts and prostitutes can be protected from the spread of Hep B. They refer to this ridiculous idea of "herd immunity" yet there is no proof of "herd immunity" - none.
And if you're planning a new baby you may want to look into that shot and realize it may have mercury...the tale about it not being used any longer is untrue.
I haven't had the issue of being confronted by a doctor/nurse about my position; I narrowly escaped that one, though.
Either way, IMHO, if I did, I'm the customer - I hire them - they don't support my decision as a parent, then, they lose the luxury of seeing my kids. I guess that's what I as a rebel refer to as firing my professional.
I wanted to reiterate a point shmedley just made...
"If you are told (and this may happen, just keep this in mind...) that vaccines are required, just kindly show them your state law. That should be all you need."
It is very important to remember that it is against our constitutional rights to force vaccines on us. (for now!) And when dealing with the public school system parents need to know their rights and know the laws. Be firm and confident in your decisions. Do not let them scare you into doing something you may regret for the rest of your life. I know that in my area there are tons of news reports on tv before school starts talking about the "required" shots and even go as far as to say that your child will not be allowed in school without vaccines. This is a bold faced lie and outright ignorant omittance of the availability of exemptions.
Aren't those vaccine marketing ploys great? Can you imagine if "they" tried to pull it with any other pharmaceutical? Do you think the public would allow them to tell us that our children are required to take tylenol on certain dates or they can't go to school??? The idea that the school system and government can force vaccinations is preposterous and if it ever became true...scary to even think about.
But however..... this is also something to be careful with, because each state is different. Case in point, MS and WV and NY.
This can also become very gray and muddled with any emergency that may be declared (pandemic or epidemic (ignorning the part of bioterrorism for a moment).