Investigate Before You Vaccinate!
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Question: By OSHA not requiring the hepatitis B shot, can a person exempt themselves and still gain (or keep) employment in the healthcare field?
Answer from Sherri Tenpenny, DO: Yes, they can keep their employment and, if they get a future needle stick and get, say, hep b or hep c, they can still claim worker’s comp if they file an employee report at the time of the incident. Like with school exemptions (that most principles, teachers and parents don’t know exist), most employers don’t know that the OSHA exemption exists.
For information on the vaccination requirements for foreign countries, go to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/travel/index.htm
[PAVE note: PAVE does not advocate the use of vaccines. The above information is from the Centers for Disease Control and does not reflect PAVE’s beliefs.]
Travel, Immigration & Vaccination
Information on traveling outside the US without “required” vaccines.
State Vaccination Registries
Each state has an immunization registry to track your child’s vaccination status. If you aren’t sure what your state is doing in the area of immunization registries, check this out.
Boy Scouts and Exemptions
Medical exemptions, Religious exemptions and Philosophical exemptions are available.
Religious Exemptions to North Carolina’s Childhood Immunization Requirements
What Constitutes a Bona Fide Religious Belief?
Protecting Children from Mercury-Containing Drugs – The United Methodist Church
Alliance Defense Fund
Help for those whose religious exemption rights may be threatened.
Exemption Information for Healthcare Workers
College Bound – Navigating Vaccine Choices
By Theresa Wrangham, NVIC Executive Director
Recently, I responded to one of our reader’s vaccination choice concerns regarding college bound young adults and many of these young adults will soon be deciding which college to attend in the fall. I have these concerns myself now, as my youngest is also off to college this year. As a parent, I have learned that the informed consent movement that NVIC founded and the values we in turn have taken into our home really transfer to our college bound daughter. It is not easy to step aside, but as we do, we are empowering our daughter to ask the right questions as she decides which college to attend.
This article will address concerns held by families and young adults who are college bound and choose to alternately vaccinate, or do not vaccinate at all. As they enter college, they will face pressure to receive vaccines for meningitis, HPV, and influenza, among others. Whatever decisions our sons and daughters make in this respect, make no mistake – it is their decision to make and defend.
Although parents are no longer directly involved with these healthcare decisions, parents can help their sons and daughters find accurate information and resources regarding:
For reliable facts helpful in evaluating the risks discussed in the first two points above, our webpage on diseases and vaccines is an excellent resource and should be recommended to prospective college students. When a decision is made to decline a vaccine, it is crucial for the incoming college student to understand what the legal and policy requirements are in order for them to be able to continue to be enrolled and meet their program requirements.
College Vaccination – What is Required?
Understanding college vaccination policies and state exemption laws are a critical part of the information gathering process. Having taken calls from parents of students suspended from attending college until their vaccinations are up to date, we are not leaving admission to our daughter’s dream college to chance. We have personally found it helpful to proactively:* ask the admissions officer for the school’s vaccination policy in writing (should be on the institution’s letterhead);
In general, college vaccination policies must comply with the legal exemptions to vaccination outlined in each state’s public health laws. Unforeseen trouble may come up later if the student is going into a health profession that requires clinical practice during their course of study. In that instance, the facility providing the clinical experience necessary for graduation requirements could have vaccination requirements for students, who are in direct contact with patients. It is better to have this information in advance. There are times when exceptions are made for medical contraindications and/or proof of existing antibodies, but these exceptions are on a case-by-case basis and policies governing vaccination could change before graduation.
Helpful Tips for Gathering Information
Below are guidelines to assist families in gathering information that empowers their college bound student’s understanding of the vaccination landscape in their state. Much of the information below can be found on our website under FAQs and although NVIC continually updates our website, state laws and rules change frequently and the website content may not reflect all recent changes to laws.
* Research the state exemption laws for colleges under consideration. Le gal requirements of vaccination laws differ state to state. Recognized legal exemptions are medical, religious and conscientious, philosophical or personal belief exemptions. Wording and scope of exemptions can differ from state to state, so do your homework!
There are three types of vaccination exemptions:
My advice to our readers is to take the time to research the vaccination laws of the state in question, the specific policies of the college and program being considered and empower your student with information well in advance of selecting the college of their dreams and beginning their journey into adulthood.
If your questions have not been answered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An excellent discussion on your rights regarding a religious exemption can be purchased from the National Vaccine Information Center for $7.50. Click on the following link and select item number 4.