States mandating vaccines
Meanwhile, Colorado recently made the exemption process more onerous.While the state continues to offer both personal and religious exemptions, parents must submit new exemption paperwork every year.
Already this year, 1,965 mumps cases have been reported to the CDC.California recently enacted a law – set to take effect on July 1, 2016 – that will eliminate both personal and religious vaccine exemptions.Legislatures in other states, such as Pennsylvania, also are considering eliminating personal exemptions.Additionally, the Catholic Church has sanctioned the “temporary” use of vaccines, such as some rubella vaccines, which may be developed from descendant cells of tissue from aborted fetuses.(The church also encourages its followers to seek out alternative vaccines that do not use such cells.) post was originally published on Feb.25, 2015, and updated on July 16 to reflect California’s enactment of a law that will eliminate both personal and religious vaccine exemptions as of July 1, 2016.
Vaccines have made huge inroads over recent decades – dramatically shrinking the numbers of people affected by potentially deadly diseases such as measles, whooping cough, influenza and polio. medical experts spoke with CBS News for World Immunization Week (April 24 – 30) and raised concern about the number of Americans who still aren’t vaccinating their children or getting their own shots, which continues to fuel preventable disease outbreaks.
Certain vaccines contain gelatin that is derived from pigs, including some measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and varicella (chicken pox) vaccines, and many Jews and Muslims do not consume swine products.
However, many religious authorities from Judaism and Islam have said that the vaccines are permissible.
While all states require children to receive certain vaccinations before they can enter public school, most states offer nonmedical exemptions to those requirements.
(Every state allows exemptions for children who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.) Only three states – California, Mississippi and West Virginia – do not offer any nonmedical vaccine exemptions.
But even though the church is well known for its belief in healing through prayer, it does not advocate that its members refrain from vaccinating children.