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Old 12-04-2006, 04:00 PM   #21
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Re: Vax & military question

Just bullet listing here because other have already covered:
*Military cannot force you to vaccinate your child against your wishes (nor can anyone else in the US if you know your rights).
*You can claim a religious exemption at any time. Even if you have already given some vaccinations and even if you do not belong to a relgious organization/affiliation which does not hold a specific stance on vaccination, and even if you yourself are not particularly religious or go to church. It's basically the same thing as a philosophical exemption only more protected by the constitution.

Also wanted to add that I believe that if your husband wants to preserve his right to opt out of mandatory vacciations while in service (and remember new ones come up all the time so you never know what he would be required to have later) there is a one time opportunity to opt out WHEN HE ENLISTS IN THE MILITARY IN THE FIRST PLACE. Apparently he has to object then and mark the right box at that time to preserve that right. Otherwise he could be courtmarshalled for refusing later. Again, this is information I have gotten second hand but it would be worth looking in to to see if it's true before he actually enlists. He could refuse at enlistment and then agree on a case-by-case basis later.

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