How to Get a Vaccine Exemption (And Why You Should)

Danielle July 25, 2018

You know the dangers of vaccines but aren’t sure how to go about it legally. You need to read this post, know your options, and get an exemption.

By Danielle, Contributing writer 

Debates on vaccines are for another time, this article is for those of you who know you don’t want to vaccinate, but need to know how to go about it. If you need to learn more about vaccines, go here

So you know the dangers of vaccines but need to know how to keep them legally away from your little bundle of joy?

Most states only have laws regarding vaccination requirements for school or daycare entry. If you are planning to homeschool, you will still want to follow the law, but know that you have less regulation to deal with. There are three types of vaccination exemption available in the United States: philosophical (18 states), religious (all but three states), and medical (every state).

There are only three states that do not have a religious exemption: California (recently), Mississippi, and West Virginia. If you live here and moving is an option, consider it. If not, read on below on how to still avoid vaccinating in these states.

There are some states that have vaccine requirements for employment, such as in a healthcare setting. These will typically have an exemption available, and defy equal employment opportunity guidelines if not allowed.

Philosophical Exemptions

Eighteen states have philosophical vaccine exemptions, based on a parent’s philosophical viewpoint. If you live in one of these states, this is definitely your best bet as you don’t need a religious affiliation or a physician to sign off.

Religious Exemptions

All but three states have religious exemptions. Use a religious exemption if your state does not have a philosophical exemptions or you have sincere religious beliefs against injecting animal DNA, aborted fetal DNA, or injecting the human body in general. Some states require you to prove your religious affiliation or get a clergy signature.

A form may be required, or you may need to write your own religious exemption letter. When writing the letter, be as vague as possible so that any particular tenets you list cannot be argued. Check with your local groups or NVIC if you need more assistance.

Christian scientists exempt from vaccination for this reason. If you need assistance, asking a local congregation is a good idea.

Medical Exemptions

Every state has medical exemptions, but they are easier to come by in some states than in others. In many states, a medical exemption is only written for children who have already had a severe adverse effect from vaccines (gee, thanks!). For that reason, you will likely want to seek a religious, or philosophical exemption if available to you.

In other states, such as Illinois, a law was passed in 2016 allowing a physician to determine a child’s need for a medical exemption based on their own professional opinion. Many opt to test for genetic mutations, such as MTHFR, which impair a person’s ability to detoxify the harmful ingredients in vaccines.

If You Are in a State with Only a Medical Exemption

This means you are in California, West Virginia, or Mississippi and cannot move. In this case, your best bet in homeschooling, which is way better and easier than you may be thinking. There are entire curriculum and even online schools, as well as homeschool cooperatives where a number of teachers teach your homeschooled child. There are so many homeschooling resources, you do not have to worry you will be doing it alone.

Though there is a medical exemption in these states, that typically means your child must suffer a severe reaction to vaccines before being allowed to obtain one. If you qualify for the medical exemption in any state, be sure to get it as it’s the “strongest” exemption.

What Are Your Next Steps?

As soon as you plan to enroll or your child reaches the age of school enrollment, file a vaccine exemption. Even if you homeschool, it’s a good idea to keep applicable state exemptions on file with the school administrator, which may be the mother or father. Check the web site for vaccine laws in your area, and search Facebook and social media for “informed consent” or “vaccine rights” groups in your state. If you cannot locate them, NVIC normally can direct you to their information.

When you file your exemption with a daycare or school, I suggest you include a copy of the state law. Surprisingly, even school nurses and administrators are not familiar with the law, and may try to tell you they don’t accept exemptions or yours isn’t valid. And don’t ask “if” they allow the exemption – they have to by law! Be confident and well versed in the law, and let them know you are following the law with your exemption, and expect them to also. Period.

You have the right to vaccine exemptions, so exercise your freedom with confidence.

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Danielle was born and always will be a farm girl, searching for God’s natural truths in an unnatural world. She’s a doula, health coach, natural health activist, and currently obtaining her naturorthopathic doctorate degree. When she isn’t reading about holistic healing, you will likely find her chasing a sweet little boy or a small flock of rebellious chickens in the Midwest mud.

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