This post was originally published in 2012. Information on what to do if you have been threatened, and information about religious and medical exemptions in Indiana is still the same. Don’t be bullied. Know your rights.
VaxTruth’s latest No Shots, No School… NOT TRUE! Billboard is now on display in Southwest Indiana. Folks traveling on Hwy 231 between Jasper and Huntingburg will be able to view the bright red sign through October 7th.
VaxTruth worked with a group of local parents who have become increasingly concerned about misinformation and coercion when it comes to childhood vaccines. VaxTruth first became aware of problems in the Jasper/Huntingburg area after a young mother reported that a pediatrician attempted to vaccinate her two year-old son without her consent. The mother reported that when she continued to refuse, she was “fired” from the practice and threatened with CPS action. You can read the mother’s report of that incident here.
If you have received threats from your pediatrician or family doctor, you are not alone. You are also not powerless. If a medical professional threatens to call CPS if you choose not to vaccinate your child, we strongly urge you to contact an attorney. We also STRONGLY urge you to file a complaint against the physician. The following information comes from the Indiana State Medical Association:
Filing a Complaint
If you wish to file a complaint against a physician, your options depend on who the physician is, the nature of the complaint, and what you are seeking as relief. Read the following bullets below for further explanation.
- Direct Communication – As a first step, the ISMA always recommends that you contact the physician and express your concern to the physician directly, either in person, by telephone or by written mail. Sometimes the issue has simply been a misunderstanding and can be quickly resolved.
- License Sanction – If you want someone to take action against the physician’s license to practice medicine, only the Indiana Medical Licensing Board has such authority. Complaints must start with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General Consumer Complaint Division. (phone: 317-232-6330; toll-free 800-382-5516)
- Money Recovery (malpractice injury) – If you wish to recover money for injuries you believe you suffered as a result of medical malpractice, you may only recover through a medical malpractice lawsuit in the courts. You should contact an attorney for advice.
- Money Reimbursement/Repayment – If you wish to be reimbursed money that you paid the physician for services and which you believe you deserve to be repaid, only the physician or physician’s office or a court of law have such authority.
- ISMA Non-Members – If the physician is not a member of ISMA, the ISMA has no relationship with that physician. The Office of the Indiana Attorney General has jurisdiction over all Indiana licensed professionals.
- ISMA Members – If the physician is a member of the ISMA and you are not seeking money or action against the physician’s license, contact ISMA’s Legal Department to discuss further. However, if the physician is located in one of the following counties, contact the county medical society to ask about the possibility of filing a complaint:
- Marion County ( Indianapolis) – (317) 639-3406
- Lake & Porter Counties – (219) 769-3551
- St. Joseph County – (574) 288-4401
- Vanderburgh County – (812) 475-9001
- Allen County ( Fort Wayne) – (260) 420-1011
- Monroe & Owen Counties – (812) 332-4033
Indiana Law provides for both religious and medical exemptions from vaccination. If you are being pressured by a school nurse or other school administrator to vaccinate your child, and if you are NOT being told about your legal right to exemption, you are not getting the entire truth. Please click here for more information about the Indiana Law from the National Vaccine Information Center. You may also want to check the information from Vaccination Liberation’s Exemption Page.
Religious exemptions must be sincere and based on your personal and deeply held beliefs. There is no standard form or template to use. This is one example that may be helpful to you as you determine if your personally-held religious beliefs may be incompatible with vaccination: Vaccine Ingredients, Children as Guinea Pigs, and Religious Exemptions.
To learn more about vaccines, please spend some time checking out the articles on this website. You may want to begin with this: Did You Know? A Few Facts About Vaccines.