Ask the Doctor: On Exemption from Vaccination


A Mother of Three Questions Dr. Rona on Vaccine Exemption

Dear Dr. Rona,

How can Ontario parents get legal vaccine exemptions on medical grounds for school age children from their doctor? Everyone seems to agree that there are medical reasons for why some children should not be vaccinated. Almost every parent I know who sought vaccine exemption, myself included, did so because of medical problems in our children that were caused by vaccines. But we had to file a government form citing religious or personal objections, signed by an elected official, not a doctor.

Medical Exemption Form –  Is there an actual provincial government form (available for download from the Ontario government website), specifically for medical exemption that parents can take to their child’s doctor, as there is for the religious / philosophical belief exemption that parents can print out and take to their MPP, MP, or councillor?

The ‘23 and me’ gene test available by mail order for about $200 (which analyzes cheek swab DNA) gives genetic information that is highly predictive of a child’s likelihood of being injured by a vaccine. Could parents use this test result to persuade a doctor to sign a medical exemption if their child has the genetic high risk profile for vaccine injury?

I think there is collusion to make vaccinations mandatory and inescapable in practice, even though they are not mandatory by law. They are doing it simply by not providing a medical exemption form, not having an adverse effect reporting system, and shaming or denying (illegally as it turns out) those who select the personal belief exemption.

I didn’t wise up about vaccine damage until my son became anaphylactic (from grade 7 Hep B shots) and my girls had developed chronic immune suppression and food allergies after measles boosters at school when they were six and eight in 1997. Our pediatrician always flatly denied the connection. My kids have never really regained full robust health ever since. So I never allowed another booster – I learned that exemptions were my right. My son has refused all shots since then. My daughters did not get Hep B or Gardasil or flu shots. They reported to me that they were heavily pressured by school officials then, and by walk-in clinic doctors since then – to the point where they have burst into tears and felt bullied for exercising their right to refuse and for citing what they know from the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

My kids struggle as adults with symptoms that I believe are rooted in gut dysbiosis, chronic viral infection, and inflammation. The measles booster my daughters got at school in 1997 may actually have been MMR with all the problematic adjuvants. We will never know, since it was pre-amalgamation and the records got lost (so I was told). I had to keep getting exemption forms signed every few years until they were of consent age. ~ Aliss Terpstra, Toronto

Dr. Zoltan Rona Replies,

According to Health Canada, “Immunization is NOT Mandatory in Canada.” Authorities bullying you into getting any vaccine should be made to read this Health Canada directive: “Unlike some countries, immunization is not mandatory in Canada; it cannot be made mandatory because of the Canadian Constitution. Only three provinces have legislation or regulations under their health-protection acts to require proof of immunization for school entrance. Ontario and New Brunswick require proof for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella immunization. In Manitoba, only measles vaccination is covered. It must be emphasized that, in these three provinces, exceptions are permitted on medical or religious grounds and reasons of conscience; legislation and regulations must not be interpreted to imply compulsory immunization.”

One has to see a medical doctor (GP or pediatrician) to receive a note for a medical exemption. Since the overwhelming number of MDs are unwilling to do this because of their philosophical beliefs, this may be a very difficult document to obtain.

The task might be made easier by investigating a person’s antibody levels through blood testing for the particular disease for which one is receiving the vaccination. For example, if you can prove that your antibodies against measles are high enough for you to be considered immune to the virus, this could grant you a medical exemption from that vaccine. Some patients, however, have told me that their doctors refused to order such blood tests, but that naturopaths can get such tests done for patients privately at a cost. You could then take the copy of the lab test result to your MD for an exemption note. I’m not guaranteeing anything here either, but it’s worth a try if the MD in question has some degree of ability to think outside the box.

Other medical exemptions to vaccinations include serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) after a previous vaccine dose, or due to a component of a vaccine. Components of all vaccines can be found online (e.g.

Any moderate or severe acute illness, with or without fever, can also exempt an individual from vaccination. Once that illness is resolved however, vaccination can no longer be refused.

Medical exemptions can also be given if encephalopathy (seizures, paralysis, stroke, etc.) occurred after a previous dose or due to a vaccine component within seven days of the injection. If Guillain-Barre syndrome (a form of paralysis that can last for months) occurs within six weeks after a previous vaccine dose, a medical exemption can be given.

Severely immune suppressed or compromised individuals (e.g. children receiving chemotherapy) can also be included in the medical exemption category.

Of course, in case of the rare event of death after a vaccine, a medical exemption will no longer be necessary.

Medical Exemption Form – As far as I know there are no such forms for medical exemptions anywhere in Canada. I looked at the MOH website and no such form exists. I saw several forms online for different states (New York and North Carolina) for medical exemptions. If you have had a documented vaccine injury, you can certainly have a medical exemption note from your GP or specialist. I don’t see why they would refuse your request. I have had one patient for over 20 years now who cannot get vaccines due to anaphylactic reactions to eggs. He’s never been vaccinated in the 20+ years I’ve known him and he has never had the need for any antibiotic prescriptions, never got the measles, rubella, etc. I’ve given him a doctor’s note for just about every year for school, and it’s been accepted each time.

I’m not sure whether “23 and me” would be acceptable but you can try it and see what happens. They ran into some trouble with the FDA about a year ago for making certain claims. There is another test that costs about $700 and can be much more predictive because it tests the vaccines directly with a patient’s blood. The ELISA/ACT test can measure your white cells’ reactions to about 450 different foods, drugs, vaccine ingredients, and food additives. Positive reactions indicate potentially adverse events if exposed to these substances. There may be similar tests out there that do the same thing but the ELISA/ACT test has been around for over 25 years. See ELISA/ACT website:

Collusion, denial, deceit, dogma, and bullying are terms that describe the emotional rants of the pro-vaccine gang. There is no other treatment, save chemotherapy, for children that elicits such vile rhetoric as the pontifications of pro-vaccine gurus and their brainless government lackeys. If you’re a diabetic, rheumatoid arthritis victim, stroke victim, heart disease sufferer, or just about anything else, you have the freedom to refuse medical treatments, without a doctor running after you with an insulin syringe. And as an adult (not a child), you can also refuse chemotherapy.

But if you refuse vaccines, even as an adult, you can be denied employment and ostracized by the medical community. I know pediatricians, for example, who refuse to see children whose parents don’t want vaccinations. People are bullied daily to accept vaccines, or else. The Children’s Aid Society has even, in the past, threatened some of my patients with taking children out of their homes because the parents refused to get their children vaccinated. This behaviour demonstrates a disgusting ignorance of the law. It is every bit your right to smoke cigarettes until you get lung cancer, or to drink alcohol until you are suffering from liver failure. There is no law that says you cannot drink or smoke. You have every freedom in your life to choose the poisons that will kill you.

But if you do not choose vaccines, and theoretically shorten your life span because of measles or HPV infection and cervical cancer, you are being forbidden to choose that poison (i.e. the right to refuse vaccines). So, as long as it is legally unconstitutional to be forced to get vaccinations, people have the right to choose. Until that law is changed, all beliefs and rhetoric to the contrary must be ignored. ~ Dr. Rona

Late Update Re: Medical Exemption form
Another mother who is a member of one of the Ontario groups that have come together in support of families with vaccine-damaged children recently sent me a link to the Medical Exemption form. The fact that this form is so difficult to access (the form itself will not load from the Ontario government URL) is a scandal and anti-democratic. It took vaccine-savvy parents to find for themselves the pdf on the following York University website: ~ Aliss Terpstra


• Vaccine Fact Check (CDN FB Blog):
• Vaccine Choice Canada (formerly VRAN):

Dr. Zoltan P. Rona is a graduate of McGill University Medical School (1977) and has a Masters Degree in Biochemistry and Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut (1984). He is the author of 11 books on natural medicine – three of which are Canadian bestsellers, The Joy of Health (1991), Return to the Joy of Health (1995), and Childhood Illness and The Allergy Connection (1997). He is co-author with Jeanne Marie Martin of The Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook (1996) and is medical editor of the Benjamin Franklin Award-winning Encyclopedia of Natural Healing (1998). He has had a private medical practice in Toronto for the past 32 years, has appeared on radio and TV as well as lectured extensively in Canada and the U.S. Visit his website for appointments, call (905) 764-8700; Office: 390 Steeles Ave. W. Unit 19, Thornhill, ON

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