Immunization Exemptions?

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  1. usna2015nw

    usna2015nw New Member

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    Hi everyone, I have a question about the vaccinations required before/on I-day. I am a Christian Scientist and have never been vaccinated in my life, and I do not intend to pursue medical immunization unless it is absolutely necessary in order to attend USNA. I want to know if USNA (and the navy/marine corps) allows for religious exemptions. If they don't, I will gladly "roll up my sleeves", since becoming a naval officer has been a lifelong dream of mine. I read a different thread about vaccinations at west point, and it was simply an argument about the supposed dangers/benefits of vaccines, and didn't really help me at all in terms of pursuing a religious exemption. Does anybody have any information specifically about religious exemptions?
     
  2. gonavy2015

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    I would suggest contacting Larry Mullen(send a PM) through the DoDMERB thread. He will be able to answer your questions for sure.
     
  3. Just_A_Mom

    Just_A_Mom Member

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    No exemptions at all. Immunizations are a condition of joining the military. They are for force protection and you may not object.
     
  4. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    I would think with the recent H1N1 outbreaks at all the academies (resulting in countless lost training days as well as medical discharges), combined with the meningitis death of a Mid in 2008, they wouldn't be too favorable regarding any vaccination exemptions.
     
  5. navy2016

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    He stresses for people NOT to PM him(with a few exceptions like if his or your email is working properly), but to email him.
     
  6. usna2015nw

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    i emailed him and he was able to direct me towards the specific laws that allow religious exemptions. thanks everyone for your input!
     
  7. MullenLE

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    I have been in contact with USNA2015NW. Folks often provide opinions that are NOT based on fact. This can often be "unintentionally" misleading. This is one of those times, so I'll post my answer here:

    I do NOT speak for the USNA. I could NOT find this issue in their catalog. I did find these 2 references below and have cc’d USNA medical and Admissions personnel (NOTE on the Forums; not in my message = they now know the question and can respond officially to USNA2015nw--"When in doubt, ALWAYS go to the source.")

    1. http://www.persnet.navy.mil/ReferenceLibrary/MILPERSMAN/6000Medicine/6320_010.htm

    2. http://www-nmcphc.med.navy.mil/downloads/diseases_conditions/influenza/BUMEDINST_6230-15A.pdf. Extract provided here:


    (3) Religious.

    (a) For Service personnel, immunization exemptions for religious reasons may be granted according to Service–specific policies to accommodate doctrinal religious beliefs. This is a command decision made with medical and chaplain advice.

    1. Requests for religious exemption must include name, rank, social security number (SSN), occupational specialty code or branch, and a description of the religious tenet or belief contrary to immunization. Army: (see AR 600–20,
    para 5–6). Air Force: Permanent exemptions for religious reasons will not be granted. The major command (MAJCOM) commander is the designated approval and revocation authority for temporary immunization exemptions. Coast Guard: CG–122 is the designated approval and revocation authority for temporary immunization exemptions.

    2. A military physician must counsel the applicant. The physician should ensure that the Service personnel is making an informed decision and should address, at a minimum, specific information about the diseases concerned;
    specific vaccine information including product constituents, benefits, and risks; and potential risks of infection incurred by unimmunized individuals.

    3. The commander must counsel the individual and recommend approval or denial of the exemption request, by endorsement. The commander must counsel that noncompliance with immunization requirements may adversely impact deployability, assignment, or international travel, and that the exemption may be revoked under imminent risk conditions. The commander, in making in making his or her recommendation, should consider the potential impact on the individual, the unit, and the mission.

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