in the U.S. allow an exemption to vaccination for religious beliefs,
which provides a legal option that parents with sincerely held
religious and spiritual beliefs about vaccine use can file for
their children to attend school
to file and receive a religious exemption to vaccination, you
do not have to be a member of a specific church that opposes vaccination
and your belief in an organized religion (Catholic, Protestant,
Jewish, Islam, etc.) should not preclude you from exercising religious
belief exemption to vaccination; however you must be prepared
to explain and defend your religious beliefs regarding vaccination
when questioned by state officials
claim a religious exemption to vaccination if you hold a sincere
belief that use of one or more vaccines violates your spiritual
beliefs or ability to obey your conscience after seeking guidance
through prayer or study of scripture
amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects your right to worship
freely; if a school district or state violates this right, including
your right to exercise religious exemption to vaccination, you
can elect to take legal action
In 1905, the
U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the legal authority of state governments
to pass laws requiring citizens residing in the state to use smallpox
vaccine (or other vaccines) if the state considers mass use of the
vaccine necessary to protect the "public health".
As of 2011,
all 50 states have enacted vaccine laws that require proof children
have received certain vaccines in order to attend daycare, middle
school, high school and college.
most states citizens currently have the legal right to opt out of using vaccines.
All 50 states
allow a medical exemption to vaccination (medical exemptions must
be approved by an M.D. or D.O.); 48 states allow a religious exemption
to vaccination; and 18 states allow a personal, philosophical or
conscientious belief exemption to vaccination.
be aware that vaccine exemptions are currently under attack in every
state because the wealthy and powerful Pharma/Medical Industry lobby
is trying to take them away, especially the religious and philosophical
or conscientious belief exemptions.
need to know options for legally opting-out of vaccinations, but
also need to know why it's so important to protect this
legal option, whether or not you choose to use every government
recommended vaccine for yourself and your children.
Dr. Mercola and Barbara Loe Fisher on Religious Exemption to Vaccination: