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J Law Med Ethics. 1997 Summer-Fall;25(2-3):202-9, 83.

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

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  • 1MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago, USA.


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.

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