Saturday, October 27, 2007

Parents use religion to avoid mandatory vaccinations

Mandatory vaccinations are always a hot-button ethical issue. By what power can the government require that one be vaccinated? When one chooses to not be vaccinated, is that person also making a choice for his fellow citizens whom he puts at risk by doing so?

An associated press examination of state by state vaccination records indicates a troubling trend of parents making false claims of religious objections to avoid mandatory vaccinations for their school-age children. You can read the article here, but the main points are:

- 28 states allow parents to opt out for religious or medical reasons only. In 20 of these 28 states, the number of kindergarten opt-outs doubled or even tripled between 2003 and 2007.

- It is believed that the false claims of religious objection may stem from parental distrust of shots due to the internet hype regarding the purported link between vaccination and autism.

- Children who are not vaccinated can spread disease to other non-vaccinated children as well as those vaccinated children that did not receive complete protection from their shot.


1 comment:

Peace777 said...

Thank the true GOD that people are opting out on those misleading vaccines. The veil has been uncovered we are more knowledgeable about the lies we have been told. Don't sacrifice your babies and loved ones anymore! I have seen first hand the deeper effects it can cause. All is deceiving tactics to lost minds.