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.
Debates on vaccines heated up a lot in the last decade; however, this article is for those of you who know you don’t want to vaccinate and need to know how to prevent forced vaccination. If you need to learn more about vaccines, check out our Vaccine Guide.
How do you keep your little ones protected from vaccines you do not wish them to have?
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 you will have less regulations to encounter. There are however 11 states that require homeschoolers to vaccinate (whether they require homeschool parents to submit proof varies).
Some workplaces also have requirements for vaccines, especially surrounding the “pandemic response” of the last few years. These will typically have an exemption available. That will have to be a topic for another day though.
There are three types of vaccination exemption for school available in the United States: philosophical, religious, and medical.
Seventeen 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. There is generally a form to fill out and submit by the start of the school year. You may need to research what form it is as many school administration offices are not familiar with this. I have even heard of them saying there is no exemption for vaccines despite the state having all three available! Research and ask local freedom minded groups for help finding the necessary forms if help is needed (for example, in Wisconsin, we have a group called Wisconsin United For Freedom that advocates for informed consent and helps each other find the needed information, etc).
The states with philosophical exemptions:
- North Dakota
All but four states have religious exemptions. Use a religious exemption if your state does not have a philosophical exemption or if you have sincere religious beliefs against injecting animal DNA, aborted fetal DNA, or injecting the human body in general with something you feel is not what your religious beliefs allow. 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 and basic as possible. There is still freedom of religion in this country, and it is good to separate these tenets when possible.
Check with your local groups, clergy, or NVIC if you need more assistance.
There are a few states that do not have a religious exemption: California, New York, and West Virginia. If you live here and moving is an option, consider it! If not, read below on how to still avoid vaccinating in these states.
Every state has medical exemptions, but they are easier to come by in some states than in others. In many states, that typically means your child must suffer a severe reaction to vaccines before being allowed to obtain one (gee, thanks!). For that reason, you will likely want to seek a religious, or philosophical exemption if available to you. If you qualify for the medical exemption in any state, be sure to get it as it’s the “strongest” exemption.
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.
There are also some concerning stories of physicians explaining that they cannot “give out” exemptions without being harassed by medical boards and regulators. I have even heard that physicians are unable to do wide based exemptions, only specific vaccine ones which are complicated when 3-5 are given at a time so the physician is then uncertain which one caused the reaction!
In this case, your best bet is homeschooling! Homeschooling is far better and easier than you may be thinking. There are entire curriculums 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 anymore – unless you want to! Check out our many homeschooling blogs for more help and resources.
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 would be the mother or father. Check the NVIC.org web site for vaccine laws in your area, and search Facebook and social media for “informed consent” or “vaccine rights” groups in your state (use search terms like united for freedom, parent’s rights, etc as facebook and other platforms censor vaccine related terms). 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.