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Meningitis vaccine safe

Posted by Jeff K on November 12, 2003 at 22:01:50:

Is the vaccine safe and mercury free ?! They want my daughter to get it !!! she's in a college dorm .



Re: Meningitis vaccine safe

Posted by Hmm... on November 13, 2003 at 10:20:44:

In Reply to: Meningitis vaccine safe posted by Jeff K on November 12, 2003 at 22:01:50:

Everyone at my college had to have it along with Hep B, no exceptions. The kids that didn't get it actually had to sit out until they had the meningitits shot and at least the second shot of Hep B. I remember reading that the meningitis vaccination had a few more possibilites for adverse reactions. However, I know of no one involved that ever had an actual reaction. Also, college students are considered to be the single largest and most active vector for meningitis. I don't remember a year of high school or college when someone did not contract it. Furthermore, dorms with all the kids living in close proximity and the lovely recirculated air is the best environment for the spread of certain diseases. Plus, kids sitting together for long periods of time and then going home to roommates that go to other classes where they sit with a whole different group of kids makes it very important to seriously seriously consider this, regardless of your own convictions.
Some insurance companies will not cover vaccinations such as meningitis and hepatitis B.

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Re: Meningitis vaccine safe

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 13, 2003 at 11:03:36:

In Reply to: Meningitis vaccine safe posted by Jeff K on November 12, 2003 at 22:01:50:

Hi,Jeff.

Depending upon your state your only option might be a religious exemption. This is what hapens when the government gets mixed up in medical decisions. I have advised my niece to do whatever she can to avoid it.

Walt



Re: Meningitis vaccine safe

Posted by Hmmm on November 13, 2003 at 12:32:12:

In Reply to: Re: Meningitis vaccine safe posted by Walt Stoll on November 13, 2003 at 11:03:36:

Sorry doctor stoll but there is no way to really get a religious exemption in some states as I have tried to apprise people of. And if its a private school a religious exemption doesn't matter. Legal advice is the best answer.



Re: Meningitis vaccine safe

Posted by ~CT on November 17, 2003 at 06:50:37:

In Reply to: Re: Meningitis vaccine safe posted by Hmmm on November 13, 2003 at 12:32:12:

All states have an exemption, although not all states have a religious exemption.

Try the website link.

"Exemptions
Recommendations by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices are translated into mandates by state health departments. In turn, school districts require certain vaccines as a condition of attendance. You have a legal right to exempt your children from vaccines in order for them to attend school. All states have medical exemptions (these must be signed by a doctor), 48 states have exemptions for religious beliefs, and 15 states have exemptions for philosophical beliefs. Claiming the philosophical exemption in some states (California, for example) is as easy as signing the statement on the back of the school’s vaccination record or providing a letter which states that vaccination is against your personal beliefs. As long as you sign this form, there should be no questions and your child should be admitted to school. A religious exemption can be a little trickier, sometimes requiring a letter from a recognized church, but in many cases a parent can write a letter simply stating vaccinations are against their religious beliefs.

If you are seeking an exemption, get a copy of your state immunization law and follow exactly what it says about what is needed for an exemption. Many parents are not aware that these exemptions exist since public health officials, doctors, or school administrators never mention them and will even deny their existence."




Re: Meningitis vaccine safe (Legal exemptions.) Archive

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 17, 2003 at 11:11:14:

In Reply to: Re: Meningitis vaccine safe posted by ~CT on November 17, 2003 at 06:50:37:

Thanks, ~CT.

Walt

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