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Old 07-17-2006, 05:07 PM   #1
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Question **Update***TB testing, do you really need it?

I live in CA and they pretty much make you get TB tests when kids go to school, even preschool. I've tried to research it and I know here in CA there is a wavier for shots and in small print it also says a tb wavier too.

But my child is special needs and he has gone through so many tests and what not that I just don't want to have the TB test done now, maybe a year from now or even 2 years just not now. He is starting preschool (he's 3) and I was told that they are not sure if they can waive the TB testing...the lady is gonna check into it. I mean they let people waive the immunizations, why not TB also??? No one around me seems to understand why I want the TB waived...my BIL has already given me a long lecture on it.

Had I of known more about shots I possibly would have held off on them too, but I can not undo what we have already done.

Can anyone here relate to me???
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I think it is because the TB would affect OTHER kids.. not yours kwim? like if my son had TB and wasnt tested and went to school he could cause your child to get TB... hope that makes sense. I have to have a TB test done next week just to be a schoolbus driver...
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I also live in Cali and my DD will start Kindergarten in the fall. You can get a waiver for TB testing. I thought I had a paper from the school that listed the risk factors that are considered in giving the waiver, but I can't find it at the moment. Here is what I think I remember as risk factors. Family history, income level, possible exposure due to living conditions. TB is spread through the air and that is why it is "required". Your doctor should know you and your family enough to give you the waiver. If I find the paper that I am almost positive I have I will post the exact words. The health exam form that I have for my DD does have a spot for the Dr to waive the TB test. I plan to have it waived as well. I hope this helps.
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Here is a link to a waiver form that you could fill out to avoid TB testing. I don't know if you want to go to that extent or not, but it also list risk factors and other things. I hope this helps.

http://www.vaclib.org/letters/TBwaiverGen.htm
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Here is a link to a waiver form that you could fill out to avoid TB testing. I don't know if you want to go to that extent or not, but it also list risk factors and other things. I hope this helps.

http://www.vaclib.org/letters/TBwaiverGen.htm

Also...from CDC (listed in that waiver)
Babies and young children often have weak immune systems.

link to info at CDC here..
http://www.cdc.gov/NCHSTP/TB/faqs/qa...ion.htm#Intro1
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Also...from CDC (listed in that waiver)
Babies and young children often have weak immune systems.

link to info at CDC here..
http://www.cdc.gov/NCHSTP/TB/faqs/qa...ion.htm#Intro1

thank you Alison I also have the handout on that info. And yes my child probably has a weak immune system but right now I just want to wave the TB testing or avoid it until it is necessary. Actually in his 3 years of life no doctor has ever suggested we get a TB test, so oviouslly it must not be medically necessary if they've never recommended it right? I do think here in CA we have alot of immigrants from other countries coming here both legally and illegally, I think that is the only reason why they are trying to make people get it here in CA before they enter school.
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Here is a link to a waiver form that you could fill out to avoid TB testing. I don't know if you want to go to that extent or not, but it also list risk factors and other things. I hope this helps.

http://www.vaclib.org/letters/TBwaiverGen.htm
thank you that is very helpful. The head start home visitor came to my home today and gave me all kinds of reading material on TB. She did say it was my choice as a parent but she wasn't sure if my son could participate at the school if we chose not to do the tb test. I read through the material she gave me and I feel he is not at risk for TB, it also said in the material that it is highly unlike children can pass TB onto others, it's more common and likely for adults then children.

I am glad I am not alone in this. People always talk about non vaxin'; it's nice to know there are others who support non TB testing.

So what do I say...because it isn't a religious belief, it's just me not wanting to put him through this due to his overwelming sensory system. I have no problem getting a TB test, which they also require Parents to do if they are gonna attend fieldtrips, etc....
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Here is a link to a waiver form that you could fill out to avoid TB testing. I don't know if you want to go to that extent or not, but it also list risk factors and other things. I hope this helps.

http://www.vaclib.org/letters/TBwaiverGen.htm
Since you and I are on the same page and state I wanted to update you what the preschool told me...They told me it was ok that we wavied the TB test for the home base program we are doing but if he was ever to go to their actual center for preschool he would have to get the TB test....I don't agree with this so I guess I need to do some research on how can we continue to avoid it because there is a likely chance this fall he will be in the full inclusion program which happens to be at their site. I have sent a message to the ped to see if they do the QuantiFERON-TB Test (which is a blood test for TB).
http://lungdiseases.about.com/od/tes...tiferon_tb.htm

I still don't know what I'm gonna do, I'm sure my doctor will probably think I am nuts for not wanting the test done.
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Since you and I are on the same page and state I wanted to update you what the preschool told me...They told me it was ok that we wavied the TB test for the home base program we are doing but if he was ever to go to their actual center for preschool he would have to get the TB test....I don't agree with this so I guess I need to do some research on how can we continue to avoid it because there is a likely chance this fall he will be in the full inclusion program which happens to be at their site. I have sent a message to the ped to see if they do the QuantiFERON-TB Test (which is a blood test for TB).
http://lungdiseases.about.com/od/tes...tiferon_tb.htm

I still don't know what I'm gonna do, I'm sure my doctor will probably think I am nuts for not wanting the test done.
Thanks for the info. I am hoping that I can have my daughter excluded from testing since she will be starting Kindergarten not preschool. I had a friend whose little boy had to have the test done for preschool as well, apparently she didn't question it and just had the test done.

My question for you is why would you opt for the blood test verse the regular test? Either way he will get poked. I guess I thought your concern was about his sensory problems. I can see that the blood test would eliminate him coming into direct contact from the injection, but a stick is a stick to a child, even my 4 yo. (Who I told after her shots that would be it, because I didn't know about the TB test at the time. I feel like a big liar if she has to get poked again)
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I think it is because the TB would affect OTHER kids.. not yours kwim? like if my son had TB and wasnt tested and went to school he could cause your child to get TB... hope that makes sense. I have to have a TB test done next week just to be a schoolbus driver...

I know what ya mean. I don't mind getting one at all. But what do they actually insert in your skin????
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