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California Private School laws regarding vaccinating

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 1:59 PM
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Hi there,

So, we live in California and I know that we have a philosophical exemption option for vaccines, but is the law the same for private schools?  This is actually in regards to my husband.  His grad. school is requiring seasonal and swine flu vaccines.  He's going to talk to the campus doctor who made this mandatory tomorrow to get out of it.  But I just wanted to make sure the law is the same. 

If anyone has any information on this, I'd greatly appreciate it. 

by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 1:59 PM
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by Member on Nov. 12, 2009 at 2:04 PM

I'm pretty sure that it doesn't apply to private schools. It only applies to schools with federal funding.

Technology has turned the fetus into a patient, reducing the mother to being the 'maternal environment' and preventing attachment until after the ultrasound has shown the fetus to be 'normal.'

-Jennifer Hall



by Bronze Member on Nov. 12, 2009 at 2:36 PM

A school that accepts any state or federal funding HAS to abide by state exemptions.

A strictly private school CAN deny admission or terminate if a student does not comply with said mandates.

If I was your hubby I would write a letter claiming the philisophical exemption and give it to the Dean and see what happens.

by Gold Member on Nov. 12, 2009 at 2:55 PM

You can only be "exempt" if there is something to be exempt from (reguarding actual CA law).

CA law only requires HepB for first time enrollees of public universities.

Maybe you should alter the "I will take full responsibility" form for doctors and alter it for the director.

I would check into the school's funding.



Cal. Health & Saf. Code §§ 120390-120390.7(2006)

120390. The department, in consultation with the Trustees of the California State University, and the Regents of the University of California, shall adopt and enforce all regulations necessary to carry out this chapter.


(a) Except as provided in subdivisions (b), (c), and (d), on or after January 1, 2000, the Trustees of the California State University, and the Regents of the University of California shall require the first-time enrollees at those institutions who are 18 years of age or younger to provide proof of full immunization against the hepatitis B virus prior to enrollment.

(b) A person who has not been fully immunized against the hepatitis B virus, as required by subdivision (a), may be admitted by the governing body of any of the institutions of higher education to which subdivision (a) is applicable on condition that, within a designated time period, the person will provide proof of full immunization against hepatitis B.

(c) Immunization of a person shall not be required for admission to an institution of higher education to which subdivision (a) is applicable if any of the following persons files with the governing body of the educational institution a letter or affidavit stating that the immunization is contrary to the beliefs of either of the following:

(1) The parent, guardian, or adult who has assumed responsibility for the care and custody of the person seeking admission, if that applicant is a minor who is not emancipated or who is 17 years of age or younger.

(2) The person seeking admission, if that applicant is an emancipated minor or is 18 years of age.

(d) If a person seeking enrollment in an institution of higher education to which subdivision (a) is applicable, or the parent or guardian of a person seeking enrollment, files with the governing body a written statement by a physician and surgeon that the physical condition of the person or medical circumstances relating to the person are such that immunization is not considered safe, indicating the specific nature and probable duration of the medical condition or circumstances that contraindicate immunization, that person shall be exempt from the requirements of subdivision (a).

120390.7. No provision of this chapter shall apply to the University of California except to the extent that the Regents of the University of California, by appropriate resolution, make that provision applicable.
Colleges & Universities:

Biola University Student Health Center
13800 Biola Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90638
Meningitis Vaccine Waiver (Bottom of page, Section D)

San Francisco State University
Measles/Rubella Immunization Waiver

WARNER PACIFIC COLLEGE Measles (Rubeola) Immunization Record/Exemption Form

CA State Fullerton University Hep B and MMR vaccine waiver form

University of California, San Diego Hepatitis B Statement
Hep B Vaccine Waiver (page 2) (Students)

CSU, San Marcos
Student Health & Counseling Services
San Marcos, CA 92079-0001
Fax Number: 760-750-3181
Phone Number: 760-750-4915
Certificate of Immunization for Cal State San Marcos
(Exemption at bottom of form)
(.pdf) Certificate of immunization

University of Southern California

California State University, Chico
Bottom of page EXEMPTION FROM IMMUNIZATION: To request exemption, check the item which applies to you, and sign your name in the space provided below.

Humboldt State University
Student Health Center
Arcata, CA 9552
Immunization Form
Exemption request bottom of page 2.

AFFIDAVIT for California Adult (college religious exemption) ... Edit as needed...
You may use this for employment situtations as well.


I, _________________________, Sui Juris, Free, Natural Flesh and Blood Human Being, state Citizen of the California Republic affirm: Be it known to all courts, governments, and other parties that:

Being a person of Strong Christian Morals, it is against my Deep, Sincerely Held, Religious Convictions to accept the injection of any foreign substance into my Body. This includes, but is not limited to, any and all, Vaccinations, Shots, Tests for Diseases, Oral Vaccines, Epidermal Patches and in any other way that Live or Killed Bacterium, Viruses, Pathogens, Germs, or any other Microorganisms, may be introduced into or upon my body.

This written statement to exempt myself from the immunization requirement, and the Mantoux (PPD) Tuberculin Test, because I hold genuine and sincere personal religious beliefs which are inconsistent with these medical procedures and experimentation. The practice of vaccination and the injection of any foreign substance is contrary to my conscientiously held religious beliefs and practices, and violates the free exercise of my religious principles.

The attenuated virus used to produce the Rubella vaccine (RA27/3) was obtained from an aborted fetus and then cultivated on fetal tissue from another aborted baby (WI-38), and is also in the rubella portion of the MMR-II vaccine. The Chickenpox vaccine containing WI-38, MRC-5 and Hepatitis-A vaccine (MRC-5) were obtained from human babies that were electively aborted. A conflict arises because my religious convictions are predicated on the belief that all life is sacred. God's commandment "Thou Shall Not Kill" applies to the practice of abortion. The acceptance of these vaccines promotes abortion and violates the Sixth Commandment of "Thou Shall Not Kill". The Hepatitis-B vaccine protects against a disease that is only transmitted through multiple sexual partners or street IV drug users. The acceptance of this vaccine promotes sexual promiscuity and immoral behavior in direct contradiction to the teachings of my faith.

I, {First and Last name}, am exercising my rights under the First Amendment of the US Constitution, California Health & Safety Code #120365, and California Health and Safety Code 121475 (b) to receive Religious Exemption from Vaccination & (TB) testing.

Applicable law has been interpreted to mean that a religious belief is subject to protection even though no religious group espouses such beliefs or the fact that the religious group to which the individual professes to belong may not advocate or require such belief. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended Nov. 1, 1980; Part 1605.1-Guidelines on Discrimination Because of Religion.

The Lord Jesus Christ and Our Creator are the only source of protection of my body and that of my family that I can accept.

I affirm that vaccination & injections of foreign proteins conflict with my religious belief as stated above. Therefore, I would request that you accommodate my religious beliefs and practices by exempting me from the college vaccination and TB testing requirement.

Rest assured that I do practice a form of immunization that keeps my immune system strong and is in keeping with Biblical principles.

Further Affiant Saith Not

The use of notary below is for identification only, and such use does NOT grant any jurisdiction to anyone.

Subscribed and sworn, without prejudice, and with all rights reserved, (Print Name Below)

Principal, by Special Appearance, in Propria Persona, proceeding Sui Juris.

Signature of Affiant


state of California

county of _________________:

On this _______ day of ______________, 200__, before me

personally appeared __________________________________, to me known to be the person described in and who executed the foregoing instrument and acknowledged that he executed the same as his free act and deed, for the purposes therein set forth.

      (Notary Public)

My Commission Expires ______________________________, 200___


"I just find it very interesting that they are so quick to blame an
underlying condition for her death [post HPV vaccine], but if you point out that most
people who die from VPDs (not cervical cancer, but the other ones) also
have underlying conditions you are told that it is irrelevant and the
diseases are so scary, and get the shots." ~~Just Lily~~

by New Member on Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Thank you all for your answers.  I found information on the school getting state and federal funding, so California state law applies.  Yay!  Thank you!  I'll post back tomorrow to let you know how it went

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