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Unread 07-05-2011, 12:12 PM   #1098
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Originally Posted by NwP View Post
The hospital where I work has a new policy regarding the flu vaccine. Before this, we could decline the flu shot (the reasons included religion, convenience, and some others that escape me) without repercussions. It was strongly encouraged that we all get the shot, but that was it.

But now we can no longer decline except with a note from our doctor or religious leader. I just wondered how your average atheist (exhibit A: me) would get a signature, as I don't have a religious leader. It won't be an issue since I get haven't missed a flu shot in years, but it did make me curious.
Our family doctor is an osteopath rather than an M.D., and he readily signed a medical waiver for vaccines that I chose not to give my kids on schedule. (The reason that he listed was "family history of vaccine reaction".) That was back before Texas changed the law to allow medical, religious, AND conscience waivers. Now I just get a form from the state and get it notarized.

I'll bet lots of doctors would give you a letter. Think osteopath, allergist, chiropractor, etc.
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