Exemption Status for Vaccinations

There is a movement in several states, communities, cities and even proposals to the federal government to create various exempt statuses for vaccinations. The reason for this movement is to regulate exemption statuses and to be clearer as to what exemption statuses can be filed in order for vaccinations to be overlooked by school systems and community organizations. This is due to the fact of various vaccination debate that led to miscommunications, misinformation and too many families choosing to not vaccinate their children at all. This non-vaccination choice is a freedom of choice issue that can lead to several health problems within the community and within localized school districts.

Guideline Enforcement

One of the exemption status issues with vaccinations is the guideline that suggests what exemption can be. Currently, in many localized public-school systems and in communities the exemption status simply means that parent needs to fill out a form that exams are shot from certain vaccinations. There are no current guidelines that state what that exemption must be in order to be accepted. For some parents, simply stating that they are refusing to vaccinate their children due to a personal choice is enough to have the vaccination exempt when a child enters the school system. There are several school systems and communities that want this change.

The guideline and enforcement committees would like to see exemption for vaccinations being only related to medical and religious purposes. For example, if a child has not received a flu vaccination but they have not received due to an allergy of a component of the flu vaccine then that would be allowed with a medical excuse. In other words, apparently not simply sign off that bit was a medical reason that prevented their children from having the vaccine. They would need a medical note from a physician in the area showing that the child did in fact have this allergic reaction and that is why the vaccine was not given.

This is similarly the case when discussing religious exemptions. For example, many religions have no guidelines regarding vaccinations or children to be vaccinated. However, certain religions such as the Mormon religion, Jehovah's Witness religion and several Pentecostal religions do have vaccination guidelines. These guidelines can be backed up with a note from a religious official.

Problems and Issues

One of the largest problems facing individuals who are working towards guideline enforcement for attention statuses on vaccinations are parents and families who feel that this is a violation of privacy and a violation of civil rights. However, the guideline enforcement committees are only asking for either a medical notification from a doctor or a religious notification from a religious clergyman of the church the child attends. The major issue seems to be that parents are stating that it is within their rights to deny vaccinations to children and to the community should accept this right and the child as an exempted status for vaccinations.

This has been debated several times and is now reaching federal courts mandates to try and get certain guidelines enforced. The reason for the guideline enforcement and for the actions of those backing the guideline enforcement is to prevent outbreaks in communities such as the 2012 flu epidemic that caused several deaths in communities across the country.

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