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Military Families: Vaccinations. dudeitsjo {{Army STRONG}} Due June 3; 33 kids; Texas 1081 posts
14th Aug '13

I'm not really sure where to put this...



My husband is in the Army, and with being in the Army apparently you have to have vaccinations.



I didn't vaccinate with my daughter until she was 2 and I felt that her immune system was prepared to handle SOME of the vaccines (I still deny if I don't feel they're necessary.). Well with our next future child being born into a military family, my husband said that they'll HAVE to get vaccines, that the military won't allow me to pick and choose or deny completely. I have a major problem with this. Is what he is saying true? Will I have to accept all vaccines for future children?

Monsters² Mom 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Dahlgren, VA, United States 4939 posts
14th Aug '13

Nope. Not true in the least.



Hubs is in the Navy and we've had no issues thus far with our DD being only slightly vaxxed (she has 8 shots and I stopped them completely at 6 months). There is a mom on here who has really great advice about it...lemme see if I can find her info.

3sACrowd 3 kids; Alaska 3390 posts
14th Aug '13

My husband is in the Military and no....you don't have to vaccinate. You still go by state law.

3sACrowd 3 kids; Alaska 3390 posts
14th Aug '13

And do NOT let anyone pressure you to vaccinate your kids, especially the Military...they don't own your children. My kids are completely vaccine free, have been way before my husband even joined.

dudeitsjo {{Army STRONG}} Due June 3; 33 kids; Texas 1081 posts
14th Aug '13

THANKS GUYS! Seriously, I think he was just trying to bullshit me because I'm not for vaccinating and he's all for it. My daughter isn't his so he never had a choice with her, but when I brought it up for *our* future baby that's the first thing he said...



UGH. I hate that he just tried to lie to me to get his way. He knew I wasn't going to be like 'uh, well then I'm divorcing you because I wont have our child vaccinated 'cause the Army says so'. b***h.

Monsters² Mom 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Dahlgren, VA, United States 4939 posts
14th Aug '13
Quoting dudeitsjo {{Army STRONG}}:" THANKS GUYS! Seriously, I think he was just trying to bullshit me because I'm not for vaccinating and ... [snip!] ... going to be like 'uh, well then I'm divorcing you because I wont have our child vaccinated 'cause the Army says so'. b***h."


I'm sorry you aren't on the same page with your DH. I can't imagine fighting not only doctors but having to fight your husband to agree with you as well.

3sACrowd 3 kids; Alaska 3390 posts
14th Aug '13
Quoting dudeitsjo {{Army STRONG}}:" THANKS GUYS! Seriously, I think he was just trying to bullshit me because I'm not for vaccinating and ... [snip!] ... going to be like 'uh, well then I'm divorcing you because I wont have our child vaccinated 'cause the Army says so'. b***h."

Some states are more difficult with their vaccine exemptions. Here's the map:
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dudeitsjo {{Army STRONG}} Due June 3; 33 kids; Texas 1081 posts
14th Aug '13
Quoting 3sACrowd:" And do NOT let anyone pressure you to vaccinate your kids, especially the Military...they don't own your children. My kids are completely vaccine free, have been way before my husband even joined."


Well eventually, when they're old enough, he wanted them to attend school on post. So that's where my dilemma was, and the reason I believed him, because I could see the military enforcing strict rules upon the children who attend their schools.

dudeitsjo {{Army STRONG}} Due June 3; 33 kids; Texas 1081 posts
14th Aug '13
Quoting 3sACrowd:" Some states are more difficult with their vaccine exemptions. Here's the map: "


so if your state has all three, does that mean you can deny vaccines based on one of those three reasons?

3sACrowd 3 kids; Alaska 3390 posts
14th Aug '13
Quoting dudeitsjo {{Army STRONG}}:" Well eventually, when they're old enough, he wanted them to attend school on post. So that's where my ... [snip!] ... the reason I believed him, because I could see the military enforcing strict rules upon the children who attend their schools."

All on post schools except religious and/or medical exemptions, some even accept philosophical. I can't say for sure what the laws are in other Countries though, so that is something I would research in case he comes down on orders to PCS overseas.

3sACrowd 3 kids; Alaska 3390 posts
14th Aug '13
Quoting dudeitsjo {{Army STRONG}}:" so if your state has all three, does that mean you can deny vaccines based on one of those three reasons?"

Yep! The medical one is more difficult as you'll need a doctors note explaining why your child cannot be vaccinated. For religious, you just sign a paper and some states want it notarized. For philosophical, you just sign a paper and you're done (the easiest exemption to claim).

Fusselinchen 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Frankfurt, HS, Germany 16201 posts
14th Aug '13
Quoting dudeitsjo {{Army STRONG}}:" I'm not really sure where to put this... My husband is in the Army, and with being in the Army apparently ... [snip!] ... I have a major problem with this. Is what he is saying true? Will I have to accept all vaccines for future children?"


not true. my husband is army and i give my kids the vaccines i feel are necessary.
i did get shit from the nurse for denying the chicken pox vaccine, but i didnt care.

Mama Rice 34 kids; North Las Vegas, Nevada 11980 posts
14th Aug '13

To use the on base daycare my kids had to be fully vaccinated unless medically they couldn't be. Otherwise just my DH and I had to be vaccinated since we were both military members.

Pinger Korea, Republic of 1 posts
19th Mar


Quoting dudeitsjo {{Army STRONG}}:
THANKS GUYS! Seriously, I think he was just trying to bullshit me because I'm not for vaccinating and he's all for it. My daughter isn't his so he never had a choice with her, but when I brought it up for *our* future baby that's the first thing he said...



UGH. I hate that he just tried to lie to me to get his way. He knew I wasn't going to be like 'uh, well then I'm divorcing you because I wont have our child vaccinated 'cause the Army says so'. b***h.



Just because your husband said that your kids will have to get vaccinated in the military doesn't mean that he lied to you.  I am asking those same questions to give my wife information about it.  I spent 6 hours on base today going from office to office being berated about our "unhealthy choices" and I STILL never got a direct answer to my question "Is vaccinating my military dependent child MANDATORY, and if so, please provide me the regulation."  I was outright told by numerous people at the base hospital that vaccinations for my children were mandatory, yet nobody could provide me any guidance other than "what they heard".  This forum is the FIRST place that I have EVER heard of any military child not getting vaccinated.  It is more likely that your husband is not some evil monster that was lying to you and trying to manipulate you than he is.  He is more probably simply just as ignorant as the dozen "healthcare professionals" that I spoke to today.