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Statutes/Laws
Link to state law.
Michie'sTM Legal Resources
http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lawsofpuertorico/
Laws of Puerto Rico Unannotated - Free Public Access (English)


http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lawsofpuertoricospan/
Laws of Puerto Rico Unannotated - Free Public Access (Spanish)


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Non_Vaccinating_Physicians

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Available Exemptions
Medical  &  Religious


L.P.R.A. [downloaded 24 August 2011]
Puerto Rico
Laws of Puerto Rico
TITLE 24 HEALTH AND SANITATION
PART I HOSPITALS, INSTITUTIONS, AND HEALTH PROGRAMS
CHAPTER 7B IMMUNIZATIONS FOR PRESCHOOL CHILDREN AND STUDENTS
§ 182d. Admission or enrollment - No immunization for religious or clinical reasons; epidemics.

The certificate of immunization shall not be required for the admission or registration of that student or preschool child who presents a sworn statement that he or his parents belong to a religious organization whose dogmas are in conflict with the immunization. The sworn statement must indicate the name of the religion or sect and must be signed by the student, or his parents, and by the minister of the religion or sect. Exemptions for religious reasons shall be void in case of any epidemic declared by the Secretary of Health.

By the same token, a certificate of immunization shall not be required from that student or preschool child who presents a certificate signed by a doctor authorized to practice the profession in Puerto Rico, to the effect that one or more of the immunizations required by the Secretary of Health could be detrimental to the health of the student. The certificate must indicate the specific reason and the possible duration of the conditions or circumstances which contraindicate the immunization.

Every student or preschool child shall be exempted from having to be immunized against those diseases he has already had. This shall be accredited by the corresponding medical certificate or sworn statement of the student, or the father, mother or guardian.

The students or preschool children who are exempted from the provisions of this chapter may be immunized during an epidemic, as determined by an authorized representative of the Department of Health.

(Sept. 25, 1983, No. 25, p. 419, § 5.)
L.P.R.A. [downloaded 24 August 2011]
Puerto Rico
Leyes de Puerto Rico
TITULO VEINTICUATRO Salud y Sanidad
Parte I. Hospitales, Instituciones y Programas Sobre Salud
Capítulo 7B. Inmunizaciones a Niños Preescolares y Estudiantes
§ 182d. Admisión o matrícula—No inmunización por motivos religiosos o clínicos; epidemias

No se requerirá el certificado de inmunización para admisión o matrícula de aquel estudiante o niño preescolar que presente una declaración jurada de que él o sus padres pertenecen a una organización religiosa cuyos dogmas confligen con la inmunización. La declaración jurada deberá indicar el nombre de la religión o secta y deberá ser firmada por el estudiante, o sus padres, y por el ministro de la religión o secta. Las exenciones por razones religiosas serán nulas en cualquier caso de epidemia declarada por el Secretario de Salud.

Igualmente no se requerirá certificado de inmunización de aquel estudiante o niño preescolar que presente una certificación firmada por un médico autorizado a ejercer la profesión en Puerto Rico a los efectos de que una o más de las inmunizaciones requeridas por el Secretario de Salud pueden ser detrimentales para la salud del estudiante. El certificado deberá indicar la razón específica y la posible duración de las condiciones o circunstancias contraindicadas de la inmunización.

Todo estudiante o niño preescolar quedará exento de inmunizarse de aquellas enfermedades que haya padecido. Esto se acreditará mediante el correspondiente certificado médico o declaración jurada del estudiante, o del padre, madre o tutor.

Los estudiantes o niños preescolares exentos de las disposiciones de este capítulo podrán ser inmunizados durante una epidemia, según lo determine un representante autorizado del Departamento de Salud.

—Septiembre 25, 1983, Núm. 25, p. 438, art. 5.

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NewBorn Birthing Plan and Birth Exemptions
BirthExemptions  |   Birthing_Plans  |   Vitamin_K  |   Hepatitis_B  |   Eyedrops  |   Newborn_Screening

Birth Exemptions:

For those who are planning a hospital birth but want to evade invasive routine post natal procedures such as a Hep B shot, vitamin K injection, newborn screening, or the application of silver nitrate in the newborn's eyes, a very specific birthing plan must be submitted to the hospital in advance of the birth. Hospital staff must be informed, in advance, of your needs, wants and desires where your baby and birthing experience are concerned. The same applies to midwives.

Steps:
  • Create the Birthplan. Or modify one of our ours to fit your state laws and any other personal circumstances. (see below)

  • Sign the birthplan in front of a Notary.

  • Submit the birth plan to your hospital or midwife. Keep a couple extra copies in case plans change.

  • Make sure affected parties (doctors, nurses, etc) understand your requirements and wishes.
  • .
  • Plan on having one or two trusted persons stay with the mother and child to watch the child at all times while in the hospital, so no unwanted injections are given the baby.

  • The birth plan arrangements and letter should be turned in before delivery date.

  • The "Refusal to Permit Medical Treatment" form below is optional.

Birth Plans (To be used with hospitals and/or midwives)
(Links to model birth plan letters)

Model Birth Plan Letter for Hospital Births. You can attach an exemption from immunizations. In some states, there are religious exemptions from newborn screening tests such as PKU, etc...

Information on the Dangers of Hospital Birth and the Benefits of Home Birth from gentlebirth.org

Our best and most itemized birthplan:
Word-Document (.doc) birthplan-itemized.doc  |   PDF-Document (.pdf) birthplan-itemized.pdf

(HTML) BirthPlan-Itemized for reading on screen. Includes handy small dictionary of terms in the document.

Word-Document (.doc) Model Letter for Hospital Births (Model11425.doc)

Model Birth Plan Letter for Hospital Births. This one is more detailed.

Word-Document (.doc) Model letter for hospital births 2.doc (11426)

Model Birth Plan Letter for Hospital Births for an adopted child...
Model letter for hospital births for adoptions -- Dear Doctor and Medical Staff.doc (11427)
Word-Document (.doc) Model letter for hospital births for adoptions.doc


The birth plan arrangements and letter should be turned in before delivery date.
This "Refusal to Permit Medical Treatment" form below is optional.

"Refusal to Permit Medical Treatment" form
A generic form.
PDF-file (.pdf) letters/refusal_treatment.pdf

It would be good idea to use the AFFIDAVIT below AND a model birth plan letter from above.
Affidavit - Birth Exemptions
HTML (simple text) Affidavit to modify.

AFFIDAVIT in Microsoft Word Word-Document (.doc) format. (may be modified)

Replace the paragraph (near bottom of page 1) of the generic AFFIDAVIT above with your state law as follows: [Make sure you replace with your name, status, and name of child.]



If your Title and Paragraph number of your state law is not pasted above, click here for the link to your state law.

Vitamin K Injection...

The prescribing information on Vitamin K shot states that fatalities are an adverse reaction according to the Merck pharmaceutical package insert.
http://fdb.rxlist.com/drugs/drug-9003-Aqua-Mephyton+Inj.aspx?drugid=9003&drugname=Aqua-Mephyton+Inj
"The injectable form of vitamin K can rarely cause severe (sometimes fatal) allergic reactions when given by injection into a muscle or vein. Therefore, vitamin K should be injected into a muscle or vein only when it cannot be given by injection under the skin or taken by mouth, or when your doctor has judged that the benefit is greater than the risk. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing."
Potential exists for the newborn to experience hypersensitivity to any component of this medication.
Each milliliter contains: Phytonadione ............. 2 mg or 10 mg
Inactive ingredients:
Polyoxyethylated fatty acid derivative ................... 70 mg
Dextrose...................................................................... 37.5 mg
Water for Injection, q.s. .................................................. 1 mL
Added as preservative: Benzyl alcohol ...................... 0.9%

Links to prescribing information for Vitamin K:
http://vaclib.org/chapter/inserts.htm#vitK

Archive: Year 2002 Merck Vitamin K Package Insert - Aquamephyton PI | posted on Scribd

Alternatives to Vitamin K Prophylaxis...

Although oral vitamin K is not licensed for use as a drug by the FDA, drops for oral administration are available. Typically, one drop contains 2 mg. of vitamin K. Contact a midwife in your area, or a birthing supply company (such as birthwithlove.com), or Scientific Botanicals (206 527-5521) where your health care provider can order liquid vitamin K directly.

Here's another much safer alternative that your chiropractor or naturopath can order for you. Or order directly from Amazon.com

Biotics Research, Bio-K Mulsion - 1 fl oz

A good organic whole food diet along with lots of leafy green vegetables is all that is necessary to prevent vitamin K deficiency in newborns.


Hepatitis B Vaccine
Most states now require the Hepatitis B vaccine for newborns. Many parents are also cornered by emergency room personnel during accident visits. Hospitals nationally are under pressure to utilize every opportunity to score a "hit." If your pediatrician understands your views, get him involved with the hospital. As a last resort, protect your right to receive quality care in by asking hospital personal to sign the following waiver. Usually, you'll never find anybody in the hospital to sign this simple form, but you well get relief from demands to vaccinate your child.

"I certify that the (Name of Vaccine)________ vaccine being administered to (Name of Child)_________ is free from all known and yet unknown zoonotic or human viruses or viral fragments and will not cause acute or chronic illness in the recipient due to viral contamination or as a reaction to the components of this vaccine. (Signature of Physician and Date)_________."

If you do get a signature, hold on to the form.

See Birth Plans for more information on avoiding Hep B Vaccination at birth

Eyedrops
Some states require Prophylaxis against Gonococcal OPHTHALMIA NEONATORUM.

A discussion of medical and legal issues regarding Silver Nitrate in the eyes of the newborn is here:
PDF file: Statutory Law USA: Requiring Silver Nitrate in Eyes of Newborns at: http://www.rbs2.com/SilvNitr.pdf
Written by Dr. Ronald B. Standler, attorney in Massachusetts and consultant

Blog type discussion of pros and cons of eyedrops for newborn is here: http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/20050.html


New Born Screening
U.S. states now require screening of newborn babies for specific diseases.

Conditions and legal status of "requirement" of newborn to be screened for each state:
National Newborn Screening Status Report - http://genes-r-us.uthscsa.edu/sites/genes-r-us/files/nbsdisorders.pdf

Newborn Genetic Screening Privacy Laws
(includes links to laws for various states)
Archived Copy: http://web.archive.org/web/20130603035608/http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/health/newborn-genetic-and-metabolic-screening-laws.aspx

Newborn screening From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newborn_screening

Federal NewBorn Screening Law (from Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy)
http://www.fsma.org


Waivers - Take Care In Signing
If you take your new baby to an MD as opposed to a naturopath and/or chiropractor, please be aware of and careful of any forms you sign.

Our WARNING below is about signing (some) state approved and AAP created forms. See this letter from our director, Ingri Cassel, before you consider signing waiver forms.

WARNING!

Dear VacLib Members and Friends -

Wanted to give you all a heads up on state issued exemption forms. I haven't had to deal with this personally for several years, and I always crossed out sentences or clauses, and often adding some of my own, before signing their exemption of medical release type of forms. When Donna Carrillo began to diligently search out existing exemption forms and posting them, I read over a couple of them and encouraged people to make up their own whenever possible. After having a "closer encounter" with such a form - a form provided to the state of Idaho by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and used by licensed Idaho daycares, I was shocked into the VERY REAL danger of signing these forms without changing them significantly.

Any form one affixes their initials to, dates and affixes their signature to at the end is a LEGAL document. All statements prior to your signature you must agree to fully OR restrict your signature to say that you are signing under TDC - threat, duress, and coercion. The form that my daughter was told she needed to fill out for this daycare is posted here: ChildCareExemptForm.pdf. On this form, she crossed out all the "nots" and in her personal statement she further clarified that she understands fully the risks of vaccinating her child.

I have since found out that most public schools and daycares in other states also use a similar form. Basically, by initialing and signing this form as is, you are admitting to understanding that "vaccine preventable" diseases are extremely deadly and ALSO admitting to negligence for willfully denying your son/daughter the life saving protection that vaccines offer. These forms are MEANT to not only be intimidating but to catch the legally ignorant off guard. This is very serious to me since all states have adopted the federally funded Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act which gives states the right to literally steal your children for up to 48 hours -- the time they have to prove child neglect OR abuse.

If it were ME, I would insist that they accept a form that I provide them since it satisfies the law. If there are any problems or they insist on me using their form, I would cite the law and ask the school or daycare provider where it actually says in state statute that this particular form is the only form that will satisfy the law. Since your parental rights are at stake here, it is best to be vigilant and err on the side of being overly cautious.


A modified AAP form is posted here that you may wish to use with your doctor: AAPmodified.htm

AAPmodified.doc MSWord .DOC file  |   AAPmodified.pdf PDF file, best for printing.

Not all State employees are aware of the law and many exhibit the Hitler Complex. Take a firm stand. Some individuals have had difficulty getting the required forms. Such arrogance on the part of State employees should be reported to the Director of your state Department of Health.

See:   AnaiRhoads.org Why Signing a Waiver to Avoid Vaccines Can Be Considered Abuse
She is referring to the Refusal To Vaccinate Form developed by The American Academy of Pediatrics, not a regular religious or conscientious exemption letter or form.



Letters Forms Affidavits
Links to Model birth plan letters (above).

Link to Refusal to Permit Medical Treatment form

Links to Affidavit - Birth

An Adult Affidavit, with Christian beliefs, is here. (MSDOC file) Feel free to modify as needed.


Dr. Tenpenny has the following forms on her web site. The forms are generic and may be used in any state.

Affidavit for Parents Participating in International Adoption (Word) (pdf)
Hep B vaccine in hospital for newborn refusal, sample (pdf)
OSHA Declination Statement Form (also, pdf)
Religious exemption letter that was approved in Florida (Word) (pdf)
School Vaccine Exemption Form, sample (Word) (pdf)
TB testing refusal, sample (pdf)
Childcare and School Immunization Requirements

http://drtenpenny.com/forms/

Sample Vaccine Letters. from www.vaccines.bizland.com/letters.htm archived on VacLib.org/letters/doctor.htm

Short Sample Vaccine Letter

Most states now require the Hepatitis B vaccine for newborns. Many parents are also cornered by emergency room personnel during accident visits. Hospitals nationally are under pressure to utilize every opportunity to score a "hit." If your pediatrician understands your views, get him involved with the hospital. As a last resort, protect your right to receive quality care in the following manner. (Usually, you'll never find anybody in the hospital to sign this simple form):

"I certify that the (Name of Vaccine)________ vaccine being administered to (Name of Child)_________ is free from all known and yet unknown zoonotic or human viruses or viral fragments and will not cause acute or chronic illness in the recipient due to viral contamination or as a reaction to the components of this vaccine. (Signature of Physician and Date)_________."

If you do get a signature, hold on to the form.

The ACCEPTANCE OF RESPONSIBILITY is imperative in exercising your rights for legal exemptions from forced medical experimentation and legalized bioterrorism. DO be prepared to fight for your baby's rights!
An index page to various Acceptance of Responsibility) forms is here:
. http://www.vaclib.org/legal/accept.htm

Religious exemption forms will be listed below under Daycare Schools Colleges


DayCare - Preschool - Schools - Colleges
DayCare-Preschool-K-12-Colleges
DayCare  |   Preschool  |   K thru 12  |   Colleges



Kindergarten & Schools
See PR Law here:   |    Sample Religious Exemption Letter

Puerto Rico forms


Exemption Letter (English)
Religious Objection to Immunization

Child's Name ________________________________

Parent's Name _______________________________

Address ____________________________________

City/State/ZIP _______________________________

School _____________________________________

Address ____________________________________

City/State/ZIP _______________________________

Re: Immunization Exemption (Religious)

Dear (Name of director),

In accordance with the PRL 24 7B. 182d, regarding exceptions to immunization requirements, we hereby certify that the administration of vaccine and other immunizing agents to our child, ______________________, conflicts with the tenets and practice of a recognized religion, of which we are adherents. We therefore request that our child be exempted from the school immunization requirements.

We are informed of and we fully understand the alleged risks of non-immunization for our child. We affirm that all of the foregoing statements are true to the best of our information, knowledge, and belief.

Parent ________________________ Date _________

Parent ________________________ Date _________

Exceptions: There are two exceptions: PRL 24 7B. 182d.

3) Not required for the student or preschool child who presents a sworn statement that he or his parents belong to a religious organization whose dogmas are in conflict with the immunization. Exemptions for religious reasons shall be void in case of any epidemic declared by the Secretary of Health.'

4) Not required for the student or preschool child who presents a certificate signed by a doctor, to the effect that one or more of the immunizations required, could be detrimental to the health of the student.

Colleges/Universities

An Adult Affidavit, with Christian beliefs, is here. (MSDOC file) Feel free to modify as needed.


OptOutRegistry for Vaccines
and various other Opt-Outs
Vaccine Registry Opt-Outs:

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Confidentiality of Your Child’s Vaccination Records
FERPA: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
http://www.vaxchoicevt.com

     - - - - Other Opt-Outs - - - -:

Birth Certificate and Marriage License Opt-Out:

Did you know that you can REFUSE to sign the hospital birth certificates and that there is no law that requires you to do so?
See: Marriage Licenses, Birth Certificates & #SSNs

Military Recruiters:

STUDENT OPT OUT FORM regarding the
RELEASE OF NAME, ADDRESS, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER TO MILITARY RECRUITERS
(.pdf) Archived letter from www.militaryfreeschools.org

UNDERGROUND ACTION ALLIANCE STUDENT OPT OUT FORM
Word-Document (.doc) Archived on VacLib.org: http://veterans4peace.org/opt_out.doc

SAMPLE ENGLISH - BILINGUAL FORMS FOR OPTING OUT
Act to Protect Your Privacy from Military Recruiters
Information links and forms at AFSC site

STUDENT OPT-OUT - Google Search

STUDENT OPT-OUT NOTICE regarding the instruction of sexuality to children:
STUDENT OPT-OUT NOTICE Valid in all 50 states
PDF-file (.pdf) http://www.catholiccitizens.org/content/img/f26422/opt%20out%20notice.pdf

STUDENT OPT-OUT NOTICE - Google Search



Employment
Suggestions for dealing with Employer Mandates.

OSHA
Standard Interpretations
09/23/1997 - The Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and the Enforcement Procedures for TB.
"Finally, be aware that participation in the employer's skin testing program is voluntary on the part of the employee. OSHA does not require that employees participate in TB skin testing, only that the employer make such skin testing available to employees."
See TB Testing for more information.

US Fish and Wildlife Service Form 3-2283
Hepatitis B Immunization Consent/Refusal Form
PDF-file (.pdf) http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-2283.pdf

Click here for an Affidavit for Adult (college & employment religious exemption) ... Edit as needed...



TB and/or Lead Testing

TB-Links/Exemptions

Generic letter for Exemption to TB Testing:
HTML (text): Exemption-tb-test.html

MS Doc file: Exemption-tb-test.doc

OSHA
Standard Interpretations
09/23/1997 - The Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and the Enforcement Procedures for TB.
"Finally, be aware that participation in the employer's skin testing program is voluntary on the part of the employee. OSHA does not require that employees participate in TB skin testing, only that the employer make such skin testing available to employees."
TB and Lead Testing Links:
F L Y E R    LETTER    Exemption_Letters    OSHA_and_TB_test    Tubersol    Treatment    TB_Screening    Alternatives/QuantiFERON_TB_Gold_testimony

The above TB and Lead exemption letters are courtesy of Deirdre DeVane of Wash DC. Thank you Deirdre!
The adult TB letters were edited by Sherri Tenpenny. Thank you Sherri!

TB can be detected by biofeedback machines that are hooked up to a computer, such as the QXCI, Best BioMeridian MSAS (Meridian Stress Assessment) or Electro Dermal Screening, Quantum Life System, and the F-Scan. You will need to ask specifically for a pathogen scan, especially TB. You will also need to request a printout with the results.

See QXCI-BioMeridian Providers, etc below


Misc Info - Sponsors - Etc.
Global Quantum Quest; Worldwide EPFX Resource Centre
General link for QXCI practitioners in Canada, USA, Africa and The Netherlands. http://theqxci.com/practitioners.php