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Vaccine Exemptions Under Attack In Colorado

Posted by on Aug. 1, 2011 at 2:07 PM
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Action Needed: 
Vaccine Exemptions 
 Under Attack in Colorado 

 The following is a brief summary of an important message from the National Vaccine Information Center.  
 A group of non-elected, unaccountable individuals participating in a workgroup hosted by the Colorado Immunization Program wants to make it harder for you to exempt from vaccines in the State of Colorado.
This group plans to change the exemption form that Colorado parents have always used to exempt their children from one or more of the vaccines required for school. These are the three major changes that are planned. 
1. The new form will require parents to get a signature from a medical professional who practices traditional medicine. This completely disregards the fact that many Colorado families use alternative medicine and have personal reasons to exempt from vaccines.   
2. The new form requires a parent's religious exemption to be signed by a "religious leader." However, requiring a "religious leader" to approve a personally held religious belief is a violation of religious freedom as protected by the US Constitution. 
3. The new exemption form will make parents have to exempt from even more vaccines, including vaccines that are simply recommended, like the HPV vaccine and flu vaccine. The form also states that parents will be asked to review this document again when their child is 4, 6 and 12-15 months of age, then again at 4 years old and again at 11-12 years old; also, the form is now two pages long. This is medical harassment and a violation of your constitutional rights.  
What's more, this Colorado Immunization Program group won't consider this to be a rule change worthy of the appropriate public hearings and notification. They are working to significantly change a long-standing Colorado State Law without even going through the process required for a rule change, let alone the legislative process.   
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Action You Can Take Today
1. Please register for the NVIC Advocacy portal today After you register, you will receive an email alert next week with detailed steps outlining what you can do to stop this, including providing you with the contact information for your state legislators.
2. Forward this email and invite people to join our efforts. The most important thing we can do is to grow our list of contacts who we can count on to fight this battle with us. Start letting your friends and colleagues who care about this issue know what's going on and forward this email note to them. Ask them to register for the NVIC Advocacy Portal so they can receive upcoming email updates on fighting this.    

Christian Home Educators of Colorado   
Mike Chapa, Executive Director
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