I have received many frantic communications from parents who had a physician submit to the CAIR (California Immunization Registry) a permanent medical exemption for all vaccines because of some medical condition or a prior serious adverse reaction to one of the vaccines.
The stories are pretty much the same. The child goes to school after the ME applicaiton is submitted on-line. The ME is eventually rejected. The child stays in school because the parents appeal the denial. Eventually, the Department of Public Health denies the appeal. The school is notified of ther revocation of the ME. Then the school notifes the parent that the child has to present evidence of full vaccination in a few weeks or the child will not be able to continue to attend school.
What these families have succeeded in doing is buying some time to figure out a Plan B, which is a solution to the fundamental problem that the public health and infectious disease authorities do not recognize the validity of a permanent medical exemption for all vaccines for children. Thus, their MEs are going to be rejected and they’re going to need a real solution because all they accomplished was to kick the can.
The medical authorities recognize a temporary vaccine ME from all vaccines if the child is immunocompromised because of some therapy like chemotherapy, in which case the child can get a temporary ME for the duration of treatment. They recognize that a serious adverse event like an anaphylactic reaction to a prior vaccine is a contraindicaiton for another dose of the same vaccine.
HOWEVER, the notion that a bad reaction to one vaccine means you shouldn’t take any vaccine, which is often the basis of these global permanent ME’s is simply not accepted by the medical establishment. And the medical authorities do not recognize that there is any chronic illness or medical condition, or condition of a relative, or any combination of the above that would justify a ME for all vaccines throughout the duration of school
In short, there is no accepted medical rational for a global permanent medical exemption from all school required vaccines. And that is the reason that regardless of what evidence a parent submits in support of a permanent, global ME, it has and will always be rejected and the appeal will be denied. It doesn’t matter if you have a doctor or 50 doctors write letters in support of the permanent, global ME. The result is the same, because these MEs are based on unaccepted science (not saying it’s incorrect, just unaccepted).
Maybe parents who submitted these MEs haven’t understood this point. If so, hopefully this will help them understand that what you’re doing by filing these MEs is buying your family some time to have that plan B.
However, that plan B is either going to be, 1. home school or some other schooling arrangement that does not require an immunization record, 2. move to a state with a religious or personal belief exemption, or 3. fully vaccinate your child during the pendency of the appeal, so the vaccines can be spaced-out. It is not realistic or even recommended to come into compliance with the mandatory vaccine schedule (or even the published catch-up schedule) in a couple of weeks.(And even if it was, if vaccine safety was the reason you filed an ME, the last thing you’re going to do is shoot-up your kid with all the vaccines in a couple of weeks).
Sorry, but thems the facts, and better to know before you get that letter giving you two or three weeks for your child to come into compliance. And what you should understand is that what they’re really saying is Good-bye to you and your child until your child is in full compliance with the state vaccine requirements. (And yes, state mandatory school requirements have been upheld by the courts repeatedly, though most reading this think it’s a bad idea.) So if you’re in this situation, it’s none too soon to start thinking about your Plan B.
Rick Jaffe, Esq.