In addition to medical and religious reasons, I recently learned
that Texas and Arkansas have been added to the list of 20 states
that allow for "philosophical" exemptions from vaccinations. By
stating that you are opposed to vaccinations based on your
philosophies, your children can be exempt from getting any or all
vaccinations. It is not necessary to state your philosophical
reasons when you complete the proper forms for exemption. Remember
that it is important to apply early to avoid the backlog and
possibly delays for school deadlines.
There has been a lot of publicity on the evening news this week
about vaccinations. Parents are being advised to vaccinate their
children to go back to school. And, there have been a few local
cases of severe reactions to Gardasil, the HPV vaccination.
According to the poll on my blog, about 42% of my readers have
chosen not to get all of the recommended for some or all of their
children. Because many doctors and hospital staff are presenting
vaccinating as "the law" most parents are vaccinating their
children without the proper education and information. Be aware
that it is "the law" that they offer
your tiny new baby the
vaccines, but you are able to waive any and all of these
vaccination given at birth.
If you decide to vaccinate, I recommend that parents wait until
their children are at least two years old before doing any
vaccinating. As far as school aged children go, I would strongly
urge doing a lot of research before getting all of the vaccinations
recommended by your pediatrician. Many vaccines are still so new
and do not have long term, double-blind placebo test studies done
on them. A chiropractor friend of mine recently informed me that
longer studies have been done on shampoo than on vaccines.
to find a vaccine friendly doctor near you.