A new clinic is opening in January 2014 for parents who don't want their children vaccinated. It's at the University of California, Davis. In the Sacramento region, the number of children entering kindergarten with a personal exemption waiver last school year was one in 20 – double the statewide rate, according to research from the Sacramento Bee. In fact, you can check out the December 18, 2013 Sacramento Bee article by Diana Lambert, "Clinic opens for parents who oppose vaccinating children."
If you're a no-vaccinations-oriented family, you can meet with a medical practitioner in the hospital’s pediatric outpatient clinic to get the counseling and signature required to enable them to enroll their kids in school without immunizing them. That's because local schools require a form or letter signed by a physician stating why a parent doesn't want to get his or her kids vaccinated before entering public school.
The new state law, passed in August 2012, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2013. It requires parents filing a personal belief exemption to also submit a document signed by a doctor or other approved medical practitioner acknowledging they have been told about the benefits and drawbacks of vaccines, notes the Sacramento Bee article. Personal belief exemptions are largely filed by parents who don't want their children vaccinated.
Some kids have severe adverse reactions to vaccines
And some families won't vaccinated for religious regions. Whatever your reason that you don't want your child vaccinated before starting school, you can now go to the clinic that can help you by signing immunization waivers.
Doctors started the clinic because numerous parents testified against the immunization law. Many parents may believe their health care teams won't sign the personal exemption form. So at least at the new UC Davis clinic, you can have your parental rights supported.
The clinic is a community service that will help parents whose own physician won't sign the exemption from vaccinations form
And also there are numerous parents who don't even have a physician, such as a primary care doctor. Most doctors are pro-immunization. You won't be able to expect vaccinations at the clinic. If you want the vaccinations for your children, you need to find a primary care physician or a public health vaccination program you can afford. But if you don't want your children vaccinated, the clinic will help.
There will be discussions about the risks and benefits. So you can get some counseling to make up your mind. The reality lies with how your child's body reacts to vaccinations. Nobody will be forced to vaccinate their kids.
It's a public service effort. If you find that your pediatrician won't sign the exemption form or deny care, at least there will be a clinic to go to for the alternative. You can find help there.
Kids with personal exemptions can enter kindergarten
In the Sacramento region, the number of children entering kindergarten with a personal exemption waiver last school year was one in 20 – double the statewide rate, according to the Sacramento Bee newspaper's research. That new law requiring vaccinations before kids can go to school may increase the number of vaccinations.
Parents aren't allowed to sign the exemption form themselves, for example, based on their religious views on vaccinations. Instead, the law says parents must visit a physician to have the exemption form signed by the doctor, not by the family. Now, at least parents will have the chance to either get their forms signed or get their child immunized by their own doctor.
The clinic will be open a half day a week at first, depending on demand. During the season when kids enroll in school such as kindergarten, the demand most likely will increase.
The staff will include a physician and a pediatric nurse practitioner, as well as clerical help. The cost of a visit is still being worked out with the hospital’s administration, but so far a recommended flat fee may be about $25.
Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, proposed the law
If you research the vaccination law, Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, proposed the law, and he's also in support of the clinic. Another alternative is to visit similar services offered in your community. The UC Davis clinic will at least offer another opportunity for parental rights. After all, if a child has a severe reaction to vaccinations, that child still wants an education.
The new clinic will help because parents have individual reasons why they don't want to vaccinate, and the law says the form must be signed by a physician. It may help solve a problem many parents have, particularly in cases where children are allergic to the vaccinations, have reactions the parents don't want to occur, or have religious or other beliefs about vaccines. Some parents have even researched which vaccines have studies behind them that detail adverse results in a number of children.