Medical Exemption Requirements For Vaccines
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Below Are General Medical Requirements For A Vaccine Exemption:
- Medical exemptions are not guaranteed.
- The general guide is that a family will need a minimum of 4 people in the family with the qualifying diseases and/or conditions to qualify.
- Family members must be blood related to the person seeking the medical exemption.
- For consideration for a medical exemption, up to 4 generations can be considered.
- To get a medical exemption, more than 4 people will be needed if the diseases are less severe, for example like in eczema.
Blood Titers As A Basis For A Medical Exemption
- Exemptions can be written to specific vaccines if blood titers (IgG blood levels) are documented and show that there is already adequate immunity.
Autoimmune, Neurological Issues and Vaccine Reaction History As A Basis For A Medical Exemption:
- If there is an autoimmune disease in the person and it is severe, then the doctor writing the medical exemption may make an exception.
- Neurological issues and developmental delays may qualify for temporary exemption if the condition is worsening or still being diagnosed and defined. In general these will NOT qualify if the condition is stable.
- A well-documented severe reaction to a vaccine in the person seeking exemption or immediate relative (parent, sibling) is grounds for an exemption.
Documentation Required For A Medical Exemption From Vaccination(s)
- Documentation is required for a medical exemption to be written by your physician, in accordance with SB277 law.
- Supporting documentation can include:
- death certificates if disease is listed on it
- Emails or letters from family members about their diseases in cases of destruction of records or death of family member can collaborate but are not used as the sole documentation.
- official medical records and summaries
- pictures of specific medication with family member’s name on it, (i.e. Epi-pen or Lupus specific medication).
- screenshots of patient portals
- VAERS report
- Thyroid medicine and diabetes medicine are too nonspecific to be accepted.
- Note: Thyroid medicine and diabetes medicine are too non-specific to be accepted.
List Of Qualifying Diseases And Conditions For A Medical Exemption:
Autoimmune Conditions, including but not limited to:
- Antiphospholipid antibody
- Celiac Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Eosinophilic esophagitis
- Hashimoto or Graves Thyroiditis – does not include not hypothyroid or low thyroid. Documentation of the antibody results or the actual name of the disease noted in medical records is required
- Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (NOT old age or arthritis from overuse)
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Type 1 Diabetes (child type)
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Wegener’s Granulomatosis
Hyper Immune Conditions – Including, But Not Limited To:
- Allergies to food, bee stings, medicines that include hives/swelling/wheezing (hay fever does not count)
Immune Cancers – Including, But Not Limited To:
- Multiple myeloma
- Other rare cancers
Immune Deficiencies – Including, But Not Limited To:
Genetic Mutations or SNP’s That Qualify
- Genetic SNP’s are associated with increased vaccine reaction risk.
- Studies are pending, but include MTHFR, and some HLA subtypes.
- These genetic mutations will only count once in the family as a contributing factor, not per person who has it.
- They don’t count as much as a family member with an actual disease.
Vaccine Reactions That Will Qualify For A Medical Exemption
- Vaccine reactions must be related to the vaccine within about a week and not caused by anything else.
- These reactions include but are not limited to:
- Difficulty breathing
- Encephalitis, including high-pitched cry and developmental regression (must be well documented within a short time of the shot)
- Fevers over 104
- Leg swelling causing hospitalization
- Severe lethargy
Medical Conditions That Do NOT Qualify For Medical Exemption
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Lyme Disease
Non-Qualifying Cancers – None Of These Cancers Will Qualify For A Medical Exemption
Non-Qualifying Diseases and Conditions – None Of These Will Qualify For A Medical Exemption
- Adult onset diabetes
- Behavior issues
- Bipolar Disorder
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Neurological Diseases
- Psychiatric Diseases
Vaccine Reactions That Will NOT Qualify For A Medical Exemption
- Feeling cranky
- Fevers under 104
- Getting ear infections after vaccination(s)
- Getting sick often after vaccination(s)
- Getting asthma after vaccination(s)
- Getting other infections right after vaccination(s)
- Having allergies after vaccination(s)
- Sore leg