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.
in Using the Religious Exemption to Vaccination?
exemption to vaccination is one way you can protect your religious
freedom and human right to exercise voluntary, informed consent
to medical risk-taking. The right to life and liberty is what the
United States was founded on, after all, and the first amendment
of the U.S. Constitution was put in place to protect your right
to worship freely.
All but two
states (West Virginia and Mississippi) allow religious exemption
to vaccination. The legal language defining religious exemptions
are worded differently in different state laws and there are different
kinds of written documentation that must be submitted to state governments
when filing this vaccine exemption.
believe that in order to claim a religious exemption to vaccination,
you must belong to an organized religion or be a member of a church
that "officially" opposes vaccination. -- but this is not the case!
If you belong to a church or an organized religion (Christian, Jewish,
Muslim, etc) that does not take an official position opposing
vaccination, this does not prevent you from following your spiritual
beliefs and filing a religious exemption to vaccination.
there is a constitutional right to worship freely and follow individual
spiritual beliefs and conscience.
In fact, many
organized religions, such as Catholicism, do emphasize
the "duty to obey the certain judgement of conscience" and act in
ways that do not violate conscience. However, U.S. law prohibits
discrimination against citizens based on religious belief and so
you can also hold personal spiritual beliefs about vaccination that
allow you to claim a religious exemption.
As long as
your beliefs about vaccination are religious/spiritual in nature;
are sincerely and truly held; and you are able to define and attest
to your beliefs in a state court, if necessary, you should be able
to file and receive a religious exemption to vaccination for yourself
or your child. Remember that the religious and concientious belief
exemptions to vaccination are being threatened in many states
so you need to be prepared to defend your spiritual beliefs about
vaccination to school, health or other state officials. In some
cases this may even progress further to include your being questioned
by state attorneys.
your religious beliefs about vaccination are deeply and sincerely
held, do not let this sway you from standing up for your right to
worship freely and exercise religious belief exemption to vaccination.
As James Filenbaum,
attorney at law, explains:
religious "beliefs" are sufficient to qualify for the religious
exemption. The "belief" is defined as a faith that occupies a place
in their lives parallel to that held by the orthodox belief in God
or any sincere religious beliefs which are based upon a power or
being to which all else is subordinate and on which all else is
if they believe that not giving the vaccines is what they must do
to follow God's will for them in fulfilling their role as responsible
parents. Their child's immune system is a creation of God and that
God has given their child and that to vaccinate would violate their
faith in what God created.
do NOT have to be part of a recognized religious organization. You
don't have to join any church, you can be any religion at all. But
if they are a part of an established religion (Catholic, Protestant,
Islam, etc.) they can still have their own perceptions of what it
means to follow God's will which may be counter to what that organization
is established with legal precedent at the US Supreme Court level.
(United States Supreme Court in Sharon Levy vs. Northcourt cases)
rule here is that if a school district denies religious exemption
they are violating your federally protected civil rights under the
first amendment by what is called state action and under federal
law you are entitled to money damages."
the religious exemption is being targeted for elimination by lobbyists
working for pharmaceutical corporations and medical trade associations
funded by Pharma. In some states, like New York, parents are being
grilled about the sincerity of their religious beliefs by state
officials and denied religious exemptions to vaccination for the
purpose of barring their partially vaccinated or unvaccinated chidlren
from attending public schools.
Advisor Can Support Your Religious Exemption
require a notarized affidavit or letter from a spiritual advisor
attesting to the sincerity of a person's religious beliefs about
Even if your
state does not require a notarized affadavit from a spiritual advisor
in order to file a religious exemption to vaccination, you may want
to obtain added support by sitting down and talking with your minister,
pastor, priest, rabbi or another trusted spiritual counselor.
Explain to him or her why you have deeply held spiritual and conscientioiusly
held beliefs on the matter of vaccination and ask for a letter
that attests to the sincerity of your beliefs. If you are ever questioned,you
will have a letter from your spiritual advisor to provide to whomever
is questioning you.
Types of Vaccine Exemptions: Medical and Conscientious Belief
All 50 states
allow a medical exemption to vaccination if you or your child has
a verifiable medical reason to defer or avoid use of one or more
since 1986 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have eliminated most officially
recognized medical reasons for withholding vaccination (contraindications)
so that almost no medical condition qualifies for a medical exemption
to vaccination. In most states, a medical exemption to vaccination
written by a medical doctor can be denied if the medical reason
given does not strictly conform to CDC and AAP contraindication
to vaccination must be written by a medical doctor (M.D.) or doctor
of osteopathy (D.O.) and are usually reviewed annually by school
or state health officials.
where you live, you may have the option of using a philosophical
or conscientious belief exemption. This exemption, like the religious
exemption, is under attack by forced vaccination proponents who
want to eliminate non-medical exemptions to vaccination in America.
Eighteen states allow conscientious, personal or philosophical belief
exemption to vaccination. These states come the closest to protecting
a citizen's right to exercise voluntary, informed consent to vaccination
If you don't
like the vaccine laws in your state and want to change them, the
non-profit National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) has an online
Advocacy Portal that
you can join and work in your state to protect or expand vaccine
exemptions. There is no time to waste so take action now. Together,
we can educate the public and reform vaccine laws in America to
protect the right for citizens to make informed, voluntary vaccination
Vaccination Becomes a Reality, You are no Longer Free
the State may have the legal authority to mandate use of vaccines,
nobody has the moral authority to FORCE you to get vaccinated or
vaccinate your child without your voluntary, informed consent."
This -- the
right to choose what is injected into your body or your child's
-- is a decision that is a matter of life and death for some individuals,
as the current one-size-fits-all approach to vaccination does not
take into account differences among children's genetic profiles
or immune responses based on factors such as age, weight, personal
and family medical history and overall
Each and every
vaccine carries an inherent risk of causing a reaction, injury or
death that can be greater for some individuals than others -- and
many do not know they are at increased risk until it is too late.
This is why I often remind readers that, ultimately, it is your
responsibility to exercise due diligence and do your own research
to decide for yourself which vaccines you do or do not want your
child to receive.
that you do an independent analysis by getting information from
many sources, including organizations dedicated to preventing vaccine
injuries and deaths, rather than only getting information from entities
that are defending or making billions of dollars from promoting
one-size-fits all forced vaccination policies.
You see, Big
Pharma does NOT want you to have vaccine freedom of choice!
barrier left to unlimited vaccine profit-making is the freedom for
Americans to choose whether or not to use every new vaccine Pharma
creates and wants mandated. Freedom of choice is something Big Pharma
and the medical lobby does not want you to have.
that many educated consumers in America and around the world are
dissatisfied with the old pharmaceutical-based health care paradigm
… And we are questioning why we and our children should be required
to get a long list of expensive vaccines that carry serious risks
and sometimes don't work at all.
… So Pharma
is funding medical organizations profiting from mass vaccination
policies to press politicians into quickly passing laws that force
Americans to buy and use dozens of doses of vaccines. The goal is
to demand that everyone salute smartly and obey doctors' orders
to get vaccinated or be barred from getting an education, health
insurance, medical care or a job. The goal is to, in effect,
brand unvaccinated citizens as enemies of the state, so they can
be fined or imprisoned.
really be happening in America? Yes, it can."
And for the
record, there is no system of "checks and balances" when it comes
to vaccine safety. Vaccines have not been adequately tested for
safety before they are licensed using methodologically sound scientific
studies, so their long-term health effects are unknown.Moreover, the effects of multiple vaccines given together
have not been adequately tested. And pharmaceutical
companies have financed nearly all vaccine research to date,
which introduces enormous bias.
Not to mention,
vaccine manufacturers are totally shielded from liability and accountability
in civil court for vaccine injuries and deaths. In February 2011,
unbelievably the U.S. Supreme Court gave the drug companies total
immunity from lawsuits -- even if they could have made a vaccine
your child is brain injured by a vaccine that you may not have wanted
your child to get in the first place, all you can do is file a claim
in the federal vaccine injury compensation program. Even though
the program has awarded more than $2 billion dollars to vaccine
victims, two out of three plaintiffs are turned away empty handed."
If You Need
Support for Strengthening Your Convictions …
If you or your
child have experienced a vaccine-related reaction, injury or death,
you will likely need no help explaining exactly why you are seeking
a religious exemption to vaccination. However, if you are solely
making your decision based on an intellectual review of the research,
you should not file a religioius exemption to vaccination unless
you do, truly, have religious or spiritual convictions opposing
the use of vaccines.
If you believe
in a higher power and have strong convictions that compel you to
follow the dictates of your deeply held spiritual and conscientious
beliefs, you may want to consider asking yourself whether those
beliefs are strong enough to file a religious exemption to vaccination.
If that is the case, the Internet, using sites like YouTube, is
an excellent way to become more informed about individuals
who have suffered injury or even died after vaccine reactions. They
are poignant reminders of why, ultimately, we should all have the
human right to follow our religious, spiritual or conscientious
beliefs about medical risk-taking.
you or a family member has suffered a serious vaccine reaction,
injury or death, please share your experience with others. If we
don't share information and experiences with each other, everybody
feels alone and afraid to speak up. Write a letter to the editor
if you have a different perspective on a vaccine story that appears
in your local newspaper. Make a call in to a radio talk show that
is only presenting one side of the vaccine story.
You will need
to have courage when you seek to exercise your religious exemption
because you might be strongly criticized for daring to talk about
the "other side" of the vaccine story. Well-intentioned but vaccine-safety-ignorant
individuals mistakenly believe they are "protecting" themselves
and others by forcing you to or your children to get vaccinated
. In most cases, they have never carefully examined the evidenceand
are convinced vaccines are only beneficial and pose no danger to
themselves or others.
Only by sharing
our perspective and what we know to be true about vaccination will
the public conversation about vaccination open up so people are
not afraid to talk about it.
We cannot allow
the drug companies and medical trade associations funded by drug
companies to dominate the conversation about vaccination. The vaccine
injured cannot be swept under the carpet and treated like nothing
more than "statistically acceptable collateral damage" of national
one-size-fits-all mass vaccination policies that put way too many
people at risk for injury and death. We shouldn't be treating people
like guinea pigs instead of human beings.
It is not easy
to stand up for the right to make informed, voluntary choices about
vaccination when public health officials, the pharmaceutical industry
and many medical doctors are putting pressure on all Americans to
use every government-recommended vaccine.
The fact that
the numbers of doses of government recommended and mandated vaccines
for children have tripled in the past quarter century, while the
numbers of chronically ill and disabled children have also tripled,
offers an opportunity to have a long overdue public conversation
about the effects of vaccination on individual and public health.
of thought and exercise of free speech is protected under the U.S.
You have the
right to talk privately and publicly about any concerns you have
about vaccine necessity, safety and effectiveness, and to work with
your elected officials to modify the vaccine laws in your state.
Can Change this Assault on Your Health Freedom
exemption to vaccination is necessary because the fundamental problem
that has yet to be effectively addressed is vaccine mandates. Ultimately,
our goal is to change the health paradigm so that everyone has the
unobstructed right to make informed, voluntary choices about medical
procedures and pharmaceutical product use.
What You Can
Do to Make a Difference
While it seems
"old-fashioned," the only truly effective actions you can take to
protect the right to informed consent to vaccination and expand
vaccine exemptions, is to get personally involved with your state
legislators and the leaders in your community.
GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY.
policies are made at the federal level but vaccine laws are made
at the state level, and it is at the state level where your action
to protect your vaccine choice rights can have the greatest impact.
for NVIC's free Advocacy Portal at www.NVICAdvocacy.org
not only gives you access to practical, useful information to help
you become an effective vaccine choice advocate in your own community,
but when national vaccine issues come up, you will have the up-to-date
information and call to action items you need at your fingertips
to make sure your voice is heard.
NVIC will help
educate you about how to write or email your elected state representatives
and share your concerns. You might even want to call them, or better
yet, make an appointment to visit them in person in their office.
Don't let them forget you!
It is so important
for you to reach out and make sure your concerns get on the radar
screen of the leaders and opinion makers in your community, especially
the politicians you elect and are directly involved in making vaccine
laws in your state. These are your elected representatives, so you
have a right and a responsibility to let them know what's really
happening in your life and the lives of people you know when it
comes to vaccine mandates. Be sure to share the "real life" experiences
that you or people you know have had with vaccination.
Where You Can Learn More
you to visit the following web pages on the National Vaccine Information
Center (NVIC) website at www.NVIC.org:
Memorial for Vaccine Victims: View descriptions and
photos of children and adults, who have suffered vaccine reactions,
injuries and deaths. If you or your child experiences an adverse
vaccine event, please consider posting and sharing your story
Freedom Wall: View or post descriptions of harassment
by doctors or state officials for making independent vaccine
Your Doctor or Find a New One that Will Listen and Care
If your pediatrician
or doctor refuses to provide medical care to you or your child unless
you agree to get vaccines you don't want, I strongly encourage you
to have the courage to find another doctor. Harassment,
intimidation, and refusal of medical care is becoming the modus
operandi of the medical establishment in an effort to stop the change
in attitude of many parents about vaccinations after they become
truly educated about health and vaccination.
If you are
treated with disrespect or are harassed in any way by a doctor (or
government official), do not engage in an unproductive argument.
You may want to contact an attorney, your elected state representatives
or local media if you or your child are threatened.
At least 15
percent of young doctors recently polled admit that they're starting
to adopt a more individualized approach to vaccinations in direct
response to the vaccine safety concerns of parents. It is good news
that there is a growing number of smart young doctors, who prefer
to work as partners with parents in making personalized vaccine
decisions for children, including delaying vaccinations or giving
children fewer vaccines on the same day or continuing to provide
medical care for those families, who decline use of one or more
So take the
time to locate a doctor, who treats you with compassion and respect
and is willing to work with you to do what is right for your child.