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Massachusetts [Dec. 3rd, 2007|12:48 am]
Vaccine Awareness & Education

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[evewasframed]
Hi everyone! This is my first post in this community. My daughter is 9 weeks old and tomorrow is her 2 month well baby check up. She will NOT be getting any vaccinations at this appointment and I have no idea how her doctor will react. I know that some doctors will refuse to treat children that aren't vaccinated, but if I have to find another doctor then I will. I haven't been able to find out much about the laws in my state regarding delaying or not vaccinating other than the fact that the only exemptions they will allow for non-vaxed kids in school is medical (permission from doctor) or religious. Philosophical exemptions are not allowed. At this point I'm not worried about any of that because I have no plans on putting my daughter in day care any time soon, but I just want to make sure that there is no law compelling me to vaccinate her right now AND I want to make sure DSS isn't going to show up at my door and try to take her away from me or something crazy like that.

Has anyone had any experience with delaying vaccinations in MA? Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: muirichinnahali
2007-12-03 06:34 am (UTC)
oh i know! we had CPS threatened on us when i was at the hospital having my son (over the vit k shot and antibiotic eye goop). i caved over those, to not have to deal with that nonsense at such a vulnerable time. thankfully no one has really hassled us with vaxes, though i'm always still expecting more of a fight than i've needed yet :P
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[User Picture]From: evewasframed
2007-12-03 06:52 am (UTC)
I didn't get any flack over refusing the erythromyecin when she was born, but they seemed surprised. The thing is, I had a C section so my daughter never passed through the vaginal canal and couldn't have been exposed to any STD's (which I don't even have) so why would they have used it anyway? It kills me that medical professionals are so hyped up to medicate people and infants for illnesses THAT THEY DON'T HAVE.
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[User Picture]From: muirichinnahali
2007-12-03 07:01 am (UTC)
i completely agree. the way NYS law is set up for newborn routine procedures though, it made it incredibly difficult to decline without having to deal with the hoopla. but because laws around vaccines deal with schooling, they don't have quite as much authority to push people around at the beginning.
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