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Old 12-05-2012, 09:54 AM   #1
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Is it possible to get out of getting my dtr the flu shot?

Hello. My daughter attends preschool, 2 days a week for 2 1/2 hours. I was just given a letter saying it is mandatory for her to get the flu shot. I called and told them I don't get my kids the flu shot. My oldest had a very bad reaction, and since then I haven't gotten them. She says it is the law for preschool, not older kids. My question is I really don't want to give her the shot, what can I do? She told me if it was a religious reason, only then could I get out of it. Obviously, I am torn and am kinda upset. I mean its the flu, not the measles or some deadly disease. Anyone have any ideas??
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:56 AM   #2
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The flu shot is the "Law"
Wow, that's a new one to me
Is this a normal mandate???? It's been a long time since my kidlets were in preschool
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:00 AM   #3
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The flu shot is the "Law"
Wow, that's a new one to me
Is this a normal mandate???? It's been a long time since my kidlets were in preschool
My kids have never needed a flu shot by law. They were just updated on their shots for school a few months ago and we weren't even asked if we wanted it.(It wasn't given, I keep track of what they get.)
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:15 PM   #4
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The flu shot is the "Law"
Wow, that's a new one to me
Is this a normal mandate???? It's been a long time since my kidlets were in preschool
Depends on what state you are in. In NJ, kids in day care (pre-school) are required to have flu shots, but the flu shot is not required for kids in grades 1 - 12 UNLESS the kids attend an after care program at a licensed day care. There are exceptions for kids with allergies to ingredients in the flu shot and for religious reasons.

(I have not read all the posts, so apologies if this is a repeat.)
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:59 AM   #5
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Hello. My daughter attends preschool, 2 days a week for 2 1/2 hours. I was just given a letter saying it is mandatory for her to get the flu shot. I called and told them I don't get my kids the flu shot. My oldest had a very bad reaction, and since then I haven't gotten them. She says it is the law for preschool, not older kids. My question is I really don't want to give her the shot, what can I do? She told me if it was a religious reason, only then could I get out of it. Obviously, I am torn and am kinda upset. I mean its the flu, not the measles or some deadly disease. Anyone have any ideas??
No, the flu shot is not "the law". What state are you in?

If they continue to press it, you can do one of two things ~ push back and say you refuse or put your child in another pre-school.

My kids don't get the flu shot, either.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:01 AM   #6
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No, the flu shot is not "the law". What state are you in?

If they continue to press it, you can do one of two things ~ push back and say you refuse or put your child in another pre-school.

My kids don't get the flu shot, either.
Phew... Mine don't either but I afraid to say so here on the DIS lol!
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:05 AM   #7
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It very well could be a regulation of your state, every state has their own regulations (or laws) for preschool/child care. You can access your state's regulations on line. Just google it.

But, if your child had a bad reaction to the shot; you should be able to get a letter from her dr. stating this. They can put it in her file and that will stand in place of her having the flu shot.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:10 AM   #8
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It very well could be a regulation of your state, every state has their own regulations (or laws) for preschool/child care. You can access your state's regulations on line. Just google it.

But, if your child had a bad reaction to the shot; you should be able to get a letter from her dr. stating this. They can put it in her file and that will stand in place of her having the flu shot.
In New Jersey, the only way to opt out of the shot is a religious reason. Oops, I meant to add medical, too. Sorry, shouldn't do 2 things at once.

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New Jerseys immunization regulations provide for medical and religious exemptions. Objections to vaccination that are of a philosophical, moral, secular or of a more general nature are not acceptable.
http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/req_imm.shtml#ir

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Old 12-05-2012, 10:12 AM   #9
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In New Jersey, the only way to opt out of the shot is a religious reason.

http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/req_imm.shtml#ir
I would think a bad reaction would also have to fall under that.
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wow, we have NEVER been told that my kids needed to have a flu shot for daycare or school. that's nuts!
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:42 PM   #11
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We live in New Jersey and I was told by the school it is a state law. My daughter loves the school and actually so do I, so I would hate to have to find another preschool.
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We live in New Jersey and I was told by the school it is a state law. My daughter loves the school and actually so do I, so I would hate to have to find another preschool.
So try to get a waiver from the doctor. My friend doesn't immunize her children because if an issue she had with her first born and gets a waiver from the doc to enroll them in school or after school things.
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Lie.
'Laws' like that don't deserve the respect of the truth.
Say its for religious reasons.
Your kid, your choice.
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