Religious exemptions to the immunization statutes: balancing public health and religious freedom

J Law Med Ethics. Summer-Fall 1997;25(2-3):202-9, 83. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720x.1997.tb01895.x.


Given the AAP's 1997 position statement on religious exemptions to medical care, authors consider whether failure to immunize a child is medical neglect. Although acknowledging that it is, they argue that parental decisions not to vaccinate on the basis of religious beliefs should be permitted.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Christianity*
  • Civil Rights*
  • Government Regulation*
  • Humans
  • Immunization Programs / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Malpractice*
  • Mandatory Programs
  • Parental Consent
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Religion and Medicine*
  • Risk Assessment
  • United States