Anyone stop/or have to stop immunizing? PLS respond

Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2006 - 7:42am
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I know there are some threads on this but my search is not coming up with anything.
I know there are some people on these boards that are very educated and knowledgable on this issue and I need some advice. I have researched at length on this subject but now it is time to deal with this issue before school starts and I am nervous. We had to stop due to our mfa daughter but I have not been able to get a Dr to give me a medical exemption although our Dr does support or decision at this time.
Also, can anyone find the threads on this.
Thank you for your response.

Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2006 - 7:46am
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If your physician agrees it is medically the right decision, he/she should be willing to help you file a medical exemption. Have you asked why he/she won't?

Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2006 - 8:04am
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Depending on your state you may be able to file for religious or philosophical exemption. Very few doctors want to put themselves out there by saying medically it was not feasible. We are in the process of dealing with this right now.
Let me know what state you are in in and I can look up the information for you. Good luck!
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Mommy to Aiden 1/26/05 PA,wheat,barley,soy,egg and others yet to be discovered DS#2 is due July 15, 2006 who we hope will be AF

Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2006 - 9:40am
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I believe that ALL states have a religious exemption. Some states will ask you to say what religion you are a part of and get some sort of certificate from that church saying you are a member. HOWEVER you are not LEGALLY obliged to do this. I researched this thoroughly a few years back when I was considering moving back to the States.
The vaccine board at Parent's Place [url="http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppvaccinedb"]http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppvaccinedb[/url] or [url="http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppnonvaccine"]http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppnonvaccine[/url] had a lot of good info and resources. I'd suggest trying to post there.
This site has a list of all exemptions per state (it's a little hard core but the info is there) [url="http://www.vaclib.org/exemption.htm"]http://www.vaclib.org/exemption.htm[/url]
Barb

Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2006 - 10:54am
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This came up with us for kindergarten back in 2000. Although there are very few contraindications for immunizations due to allergies, dd was anaphylactic to egg and that was a contraindication to MMR. If your child truly has a condition that is a contraindication due to food allergies, your doctor should write a letter saying that. Our school offerred me a religious exemption and I refused. I am not of a religion that believes immunizations are wrong, and I wasn`t going to lie about it. I wanted it clear that it was about a life threatening medical condition, not my religion. But if your child is anaphylactic to egg, which is the only food allergic contraindication that there is, then your doctor should write a letter saying that. By the way, simply being allergic to egg and not anaphylactic is not a contraindiction. Could that be why your doctor won`t write the letter?

Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2006 - 10:58am
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Carefulmom- Isn't there a version of the MMR that isn't made with egg? I thought about this route but thought I'd get hit with the egg-free version.
Barb

Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2006 - 11:30am
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I don't believe there is an egg contraindication for the MMR vaccine. [url="http://www.mass.gov/dph/cdc/mso/mmr.pdf"]http://www.mass.gov/dph/cdc/mso/mmr.pdf[/url]
[url="http://www.hebs.com/services/mmr/pdf/MMRquestion8.pdf"]http://www.hebs.com/services/mmr/pdf/MMRquestion8.pdf[/url]
[url="http://www.cdc.gov/nip/recs/contraindications_vacc.htm"]http://www.cdc.gov/nip/recs/contraindications_vacc.htm[/url]
DD is a 4+ on SPT for egg white and has had two doses of MMR, including one this June, without any problems (including the usual vaccination ones, such as tenderness, fever).
DD has received all her vaccinations and has had no problems. She has not had the flu vaccine, but has had all the ones required for school admission.
If your doctor believes that it is in your child's best interest not to vaccinate, then he or she should provide you with the documentation that you need to obtain an exemption.
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Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2006 - 12:15pm
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Thx everyone for the responses.
Due to possible law suits, Dr's almost 99% of the time will not write a letter in support of not immunizing although he/she may believe it is in the best interest of the child.
My 5 year old is PA and has had many of her immunizations but my 3 year old is mfa. At age 2, she was allergic to rice,corn,soy,apple,melon,wheat,barley,oats,egg,sorghum,amaranth,blueberry and have never gone near peanuts, nuts,fish or shellfish. Also environmental allergies and for a short time ahe was also ana to dairy. As you can see, we have/had our hands full. The scary thing is is that she doesn't noramlly RAST test and sometimes doesn't skin test positive but then has a major reaction such as with rice and oats. In the past year, we have successfully been able to add many of those foods back in her diet but we are always on high alert. We have been taking her to a children's pschologist for an evaluation since she does react oddly to other foods and has sensory issues and possibly an eating disorder. She just doesn;t like to eat at all. Now, when you look at her all you see is a beautiful child that is extremely bright and usually acts "normal" so this is what the Health Dept sees and can not imagine all these issues. She also had a severe reaction to the DPT but the Dr's told me it was normal and thus it was not documented. We changed Dr's but at the time I didn't know much about immunizations and edverse reactions. Now I have no documentation to back me up.
UGH. Well, again thanks for your responses.
I am from Florida for the responder that is going to give me further info. Thx
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Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2006 - 12:29pm
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We are just facing this too. Our new allergist said that basically most people only need one mmr & about 20% it doesn't take the first time so instead of testing to see who need the second needle they give everyone 2. So because of my DS egg allergy they ran a 1gA & M blood test for the MMR when we were doing the RAST & it came back that his first dose worked. So we don't even need another one, so our dr is writing that he is fine & positive & not needed at this time.
i FELT GOOD BECAUSE i DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO RISK THE ALLERGY OR THE SICKNESS...

Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2006 - 1:34pm
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My ds has an EA and our peditritian would not give him his MMR we had to take him to his allergist and have it done there . He was closely watched and everything was fine.. But I was relieved to be there.
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Posted on: Tue, 07/11/2006 - 11:38pm
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Ceross, egg allergy is not a contraindication, but a history of anaphylaxis to egg is. Barb1123, there is no egg free MMR. It is manufactured via chick embryo. I think you are in Europe, right? Maybe it is different there? Danielle, definitely not true that due to fear of lawsuits 99% of the time doctors wil not write a letter that immunizations with egg are contraindicated because the child has a history of anaphylaxis to egg. Doctors do it all the time, if the history of anaphylaxis to egg is there. In fact, the risk of a lawsuit would be if the doctor refused to write a letter and the child got immunized when the immunization was contraindicated. However, it doesn`t sound like your child has had an anaphylactic reaction to egg, so that is probably why the doctor won`t write the letter. The other things you mentioned are not contraindications to any immunizations.

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