If you have been following for a while you know I have, up to this point avoided the vaccine debate, even though this is a blog focused on natural health and parenting. Were you wondering why? Because I am not completely sure how I feel about the subject. In my journey to learn more I asked my friend Terrie to give some advice about why she chose not to vaccinate her children, and how she handles this with school “requirements” to vaccinate.
As parents we strive for what is best for our children. This varies from family to family. What may be best for a family who chooses not to vaccinate may not be best for another family who chooses to vaccinate. This is ok. We are all coming from a place of love and respect.
Hello parenting friends. My name is Terrie Cichos, have been married for close to 18 years, and have 9 beautiful children (2 sweet infants in Heaven).
We made the choice to walk away from scheduled vaccines 13 years ago. We believe strongly that parents have the rights to raise their children accordingly to their beliefs and opinions. We believe in consistency and confidence in parenting choices, what ever those choices may be. Our children are happy and healthy and we have reaped the fruits of our labor, and I wish that for all parents.
As a parent, for the last 17 years, the biggest lesson learned is as parents we have the right to make decisions for our children, these decisions are personal and private. One of the biggest controversial decisions is whether we as parents choose to vaccinate. Some parents may choose to follow the vaccine schedule as prescribed by our trusted doctors, or we have the right to limit the schedule, and we also have the right to deny the vaccines if it be our choice without ramifications from the schools. But a person needs to know their rights and how exactly to enforce their rights.
I’ve been told by well-meaning nurses “it’s the law” and yes it is the law, however the law has exceptions. All 50 states have an exemption of some sort ,whether medical, religious, or personal. Medical is the most difficult as to prove one has a medical reason to not keep on schedule, however both religious and personal cannot be mandated. A parent can use either of these. Not all states allow the personal exemption, but I have found, they will not question your religious exemption, by stating its your view is all that is necessary.
There are many links a parent can lean upon to give them the information they need. Typically and in all the cases I have experienced, what is asked is a waiver. Usually the school or doctor will have this available but in cases they do not, you can get a waiver, either from the health department or off the internet. By signing the waiver you are declaring your reason for your choice. The waiver needs your reason (my reason is, “At this time, we do not believe the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks”) and then your signature, and file it with the school. It is wise to have the school initial that they received your form, and the school will file it with the state. If there is ever an outbreak of a certain illness you will be asked to take your children home. And that is completely acceptable. In my 17 years of parenting that has never occurred for me.
My suggestion is to study, read, read some more, make your decision and then remain confident. Personal exemptions can be anything from belief the risks are not worth the benefits, or any other reason you may have, whether you feel the schedule is too risky, you have decided to spread them out or not vaccinate at all. Religious exemptions can be anything similar to the personal, but commonly people take issue with the vaccines containing fetal material.
A few links that may be helpful in avoiding vaccines and their schedule are many. To list a few to start you on your way would be Dr. Mercola is a great tool.
Happy Research and Happy Parenting,
Terrie Cichos, mom of 17 years and counting…
Did you choose to vaccinate your family? Why or why not?
*I know I don’t have to remind my wonderful readers to be respectful and not attack others parenting choices, and for that I am eternally grateful.*
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