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How to Avoid ‘Mandatory’ Vaccinations Through Exemption | Vaccination is Your Legal Choice

Anthony Gucciardi
October 2nd, 2011
Updated 11/11/2012 at 1:05 am
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Contrary to what state legislatures may lead you to believe, no one has the legal or moral authority to force you or your child into receiving a vaccine. While the State has the legal authority to fully establish the use of vaccines, to receive a vaccination treatment requires your voluntary and informed consent. Therefore, despite the tricky wording of school officials and mainstream public health workers, there are a number of ways in which you can exempt yourself from receiving the ‘required’ vaccinations as set by school districts and workplaces.

In 1905, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to pass laws ‘requiring’ citizens to receive certain vaccines. Today, all 50 states have passed vaccine laws that ‘require’ proof of vaccination in order to attend daycare, elementary, junior and high school and college. What is oftentimes kept from you is the fact that all 50 states have medical exemptions from this rule, 48 states have religious exemptions, and 18 states allow for a philosophical or conscientious belief exemption.

To see what your state vaccine law says and how to apply for the appropriate exemption, check out the State Law & Vaccine Requirements page at the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC).

Vaccination and U.S. Law: A Brief Summary

Medical Exemptions: All 50 states allow medical exemption to vaccination. Medical exemptions to vaccination must be written by a medical doctor (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathy (D.O.) and are usually reviewed annually by school or state health officials.

Since 1986, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have eliminated most officially recognized medical reasons for withholding vaccination (contraindications) so that almost no medical condition qualifies for a medical exemption to vaccination.

In most states, school or state public health officials can question or even deny a medical exemption to vaccination written by a doctor if it does not strictly conform to CDC and AAP contraindication guidelines

Religious ExemptionsAll but two states (West Virginia and Mississippi) allow religious exemption to vaccination. These exemptions are worded differently in different states and require different forms of written documentation that must be submitted to state governments supporting a sincerely held religious belief opposing vaccination.

Some states require a notarized affidavit or letter from a spiritual advisor attesting to the sincerity of a person’s religious beliefs about vaccination. The religious exemption is under attack and, in some states like New York, parents are being grilled about the sincerity of their religious beliefs by state officials and denied religious exemptions to vaccination so their partially or completely unvaccinated children cannot attend public schools.

Conscientious Belief Exemptions: 18 states allow conscientious, personal or philosophical belief exemption to vaccination. These states come the closest to protecting a citizen’s right to exercise voluntary, informed consent to vaccination in America.

They are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin

Vaccine Exemptions for Military PersonnelAll branches of the U.S. Armed Services provide medical and religious exemptions to vaccination, but those exemptions must be first declared before enlistment in the military.

If a military recruit does not clearly state a medical or religious objection to vaccination BEFORE joining the military, he or she gives up the right to object to vaccination during active military service. Failure to obey an order to vaccinate while on active military duty can result in demotion, imprisonment and involuntary discharge from the military, including dishonorable discharge. After enlistment, legal assistance is often required to successfully object to vaccination without being subjected to sanctions.

Vaccine Exemptions for International Travel: Different countries have different laws requiring vaccines to enter or leave the country. Most developed countries, including those in Europe, currently do not require visitors to show proof of vaccination. However, some countries in Africa, Asia and elsewhere may require certain vaccines to enter or exit. Click here to check the CDC website on travel vaccine requirements.

Other Vaccine Exemption IssuesVaccine choices also can affect adoption, immigration, child custody arrangements during divorce proceedings, eligibility for health insurance and government entitlement programs, and medical care. Children adopted from foreign countries as well as in the U.S. may be required by US law and adoption agencies to receive certain government mandated vaccines.

Immigration laws also contain vaccine requirement provisions. In cases of divorce, one parent may attempt to gain full custody of a minor child by using the vaccine choice issue as leverage. Some families have been dropped from medical insurance plans or barred from eligibility for government funded medical care and food supplement programs if children are not given all government recommended vaccines.

About Anthony Gucciardi:
1.thumbnail How to Avoid Mandatory Vaccinations Through Exemption | Vaccination is Your Legal ChoiceGoogle Plus ProfileAnthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety whose work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, including the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Daily Mail, and many others. Anthony has appeared on programs like Russia Today (RT), Savage Nation, The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and many others. Anthony is also dedicated to aiding various non-profit organizations focused around health and rehabilitation as well as the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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  • Anna

    Does anyone remember (I am 68, so I remember) of you young ones. Infantile Paralysis ?. Along time ago they were pulling and twisting babies out with forceps from the birth canal.
    Guess what cause infantile paralysis in those days?
    Then came the swimming pool thing where they emptied the pools and painted NO DIVING in shallow water. END polio epidemic. And the March , 1977 issue of Science magazine where Salk admitted he could cause polio with the vaccine and he did. btw that cute little girl with the Shirley Temple dress and the braces and walking canes in the 60″s was on the Antique Road Show (or something similar) She had with her all of her giant posters . She was the polio poster girl and the posters were signed by influential people. Well she was in better walking shape then I am
    There is more than one way to skin a cat or should I say infect one?

  • Anna

    Get the book, “Murder by Injection” The Story of the Medical Conspiracy Against Amerca
    by Eustace Mullins
    Library of Congress Card Catalog No. 88-060694

  • Diane K

    The statement about the military allowing for Religious Exemption is incorrect. My son joined last year and first order of business was to enter his Religious Exemption with his paperwork to enlist. All of the personnel (Navy) who passed his exemption through didn’t see a problem with it until it went to Washington. He was then told that even though there is an instruction that says they can be approved…THEY NEVER ARE! So, anyone deciding on joining…DON’T BOTHER. They DO NOT protect their own Constitution!

  • Clint

    You should be a part of a contest for one of the best blogs on the net.

    I am going to recommend this website!

  • sarah

    I can vouch for children who are perfectly healthy without vaccinations at 16 and 21 years old. Eating a good diet and practicing good hygiene go a long way towards avoiding diseases.

  • Help a Soldier

    Someone please help. I am a Soldier being forced to vaccinations and flu shots every year. I am having bad reactions and know it is harming my immune system. I still desire to serve in Afghanistan, but will be subject to Anthrax vaccinations as well. I know they are not good, and my doc knows too. What legal right do we have to protect me now?? Are there any organizations that can help??

  • Libby

    I was scared of getting vaccines, but I had no idea about ANY of this. Knowing that I was not informed about my decision just makes me more untrustworthy about vaccinations. It's not like these theories must have been unheard of to the government, so why hide it? Starting to sound suspicious…

  • John

    This insanity has to stop! Get the book "Vaccination is not immunization" by Tim O'Shea.

    I am a certified nutritional therapist and deal with a lot of vaccine damaged people. The many smoke screens being put up by drug companies are falling apart and there is a huge push by drug companies to force vaccines on our children to expand their markets. The unvaccinated children are more healthy and that is a fact well known to anyone that understands the vaccine technology.

    To think that a vaccination is the way to prevent an illness is ludicrous! 77% of the mumps cases that happened in New Jersey that prompted manadory vaccinations were children that had been fully vaccinated! Case after case shows the lunacy being promoted by drug companies that have targeted the children and the elderly with this terrible technology!

    Get informed, get educated, get smart and investigage thoroughly before making any decision on how you feel about this lunacy.

  • Get a clue

    You will believe anything the government tell you in this so call free Country of the US..gullible ppl. Do research! These so called good vaccines have so many toxic chemicals in them that are killing the old and our babies. Get a clue about your loving Country…

  • Phillip

    Has anyone look at the NUREMBERG CODE lately.

    It might become more relevant to our health and our family before long.

  • Carol

    I am thankful that I am living in a country where there really is free choice and it is not the US. The 30 or more vaccines cocktail that they want to give our kids in the US is a serious challenge to health and well-being – add in these questionable flu vaccines and it's downright dangerous. So many people I have spoken to got the flu after getting the damn vaccine.

    • JC

      What country are you in? And yes, it is a dangerous cocktail – but they (?) know best for our children.

      • John

        "They" know best for our children? Who is they? The state? The federal government? Vaccine manufacturers? Doctors? Anyone of those choices have huge financial ties to the vaccine industry. Look at the facts before making any decisions on vaccinating anyone.

        Get the book "Vaccination is not immunization" by Tim O'Shea and read this peer reviewed, highly supported book from doctors and researchers. Get educated!

    • sondra


      You are so right….I don't know what we country you are from but this is just how our children and elderly get so sick. The powers that be know what they are doing…..believe me!