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Religious Concerns

Healthcare professionals who see parents and patients with religious concerns about immunization may find these materials useful. In general, religions around the world support immunization.
Religious Concerns Resources
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Handouts for Parents
IAC's collection of handouts for staff and patients
Need Help Responding to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents? Science-Based Materials from Respected Organizations
Need Help Responding to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents? Science-Based Materials from Respected Organizations
Decision To Not Vaccinate My Child
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Ask the Experts: Vaccine Safety
CDC's experts answer challenging questions about vaccines
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Vaccine Information Statements
VISs are information sheets produced by CDC that explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine to vaccine recipients
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Unprotected People Stories
Real-life accounts of suffering and loss
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Vaccine Basics: Vaccine Safety
The Vaccine Basics web section on vaccineinformation.org provides information about importance of vaccines and answers many common questions about vaccines and getting vaccinated
Statements from Religious Organizations
Human Fetal Cells
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Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith, Roman Curia: Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions
Instruction Donum vitae is updated (twenty years after its first publication)
Vatican Statement on Vaccines Derived From Aborted Human Fetuses
Vatican Statement on Vaccines Derived From Aborted Human Fetuses
Clarification about the liceity of vaccinating children with vaccines prepared using cell lines derived from aborted human fetuses
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Vaccines and the Right of Conscience
National Catholics Bioethics Quarterly, June 2004
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Vaccines, Abortion, and Moral Coherence
National Catholics Bioethics Quarterly, Spring 2002
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Vaccines Originating in Abortion
Ethics & Medics, March 1999; 24(3)
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Catholic Medical Association Resolution on Vaccines
A national, physician-led community of healthcare professionals (renewed in 2015)
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Pontifical Academy of Life
Document from Italian Bishops Conference and Association of Italian Catholic Doctors on moral obligation to vaccinate for the safety of others – Issued July 31, 2017
Religion and Vaccines - Aborted Fetuses
Religion and Vaccines - Aborted Fetuses
Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, provides information about ethics and religious aspects arising from use of human cell lines in vaccines
Use of Porcine and Animal Products
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Statement from the Seminar Held by the Islamic Organization for the Use of Pork Gelatin
World Health Organization letter
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Porcine and Other Animal Derived Ingredients in Non-oral Medication
Statement from Rabbi Adler concerning the use of porcine and animal products in vaccines
Religion and Vaccines - Porcine-derived Components
Religion and Vaccines - Porcine-derived Components
Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, provides information for certain Muslims and Jews who have concerns about vaccines that contain components with porcine (pork) origins.
Rabbinical Statements on Vaccines
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Statement on Vaccinations from the Orthodox Union and Rabbinical Council of America
The Orthodox Union (OU) and the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) strongly urge all parents to vaccinate their healthy children on the timetable recommended by their pediatrician
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What Does Jewish Law Say About Vaccination?
Chabad.org website addresses Torah law on health and specific issues about vaccination
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Halachic Aspects of Vaccination
A review of the origins of vaccination in medical and rabbinical literature
Jewish Action, Magazine of the Orthodox Union, Winter 2008
Click this arrow to view Rav Moshe Sternbuch Writes Letter to Rav Malkiel Kotler about the Halachic Requirement to Vaccinate
Rav Moshe Sternbuch Writes Letter to Rav Malkiel Kotler about the Halachic Requirement to Vaccinate
There is an obligation upon every father to vaccinate his children to prevent spread of the disease – as is the law of the Torah to follow the majority view of experts
The Yeshiva Word, November 2018
Click this arrow to view Notice from Vaad Harabbonim Regarding Measles
Notice from Vaad Harabbonim Regarding Measles
Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit, March 2019
Bikur Cholim of Los Angeles Issues Open Letter Urging Community to Vaccinate Against Measles
Bikur Cholim of Los Angeles Issues Open Letter Urging Community to Vaccinate Against Measles
Published by Jewish Journal staff, May 3, 2019
Click this arrow to view Resolution on Mandatory Immunization Laws
Resolution on Mandatory Immunization Laws
Union for Reform Judaism, 2015
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Compulsory Immunization
Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform), 1999
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Why Is There a Religious Exemption for Vaccinations? Almost No Religions Object to Them
Why Is There a Religious Exemption for Vaccinations? Almost No Religions Object to Them.
Slate - February 5, 2015
 
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Perspective Video: Religious Exemptions from Vaccinations
Perspective Video: Religious Exemptions from Vaccinations
Dr. Paul Offit’s discusses his new book, Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine
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PowerPoint: Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Talking points and resources for busy healthcare professionals
Quick Answers to Tough Questions: Vaccine Talking Points for Busy Health Professionals
Quick Answers to Tough Questions: Vaccine Talking Points for Busy Health Professionals
Help parents who question vaccines; references provided
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      JOURNAL ARTICLES
What the World's Religions Teach, Applied to Vaccines and Immune Globulins
Vaccine, April 12, 2013, Vol. 31(16):2011-23
How Healthcare Professionals Respond to Parents with Religious Objections to Vaccination: A Qualitative Study
BMC Health Serv Res, August 1, 2012
Commentary: Non-Medical Immunization Exemptions: Balancing Parental Autonomy with Protecting the Public's Health
Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins University, October 2003
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These Amazing Orthodox Nurses Are Fighting Measles in Their Community
An article about the work of nurses in the Orthodox Jewish Nurses Association's Vaccine Task Force and their efforts to stop measles, 2019
A Case Against Vaccine Religious Exemptions
A blog post by recent graduates of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health who are public health educators focusing on vaccine communication, April 2019
Cultural Perspectives on Vaccination
Includes a discussion on religious perspectives and objections to vaccination
Human Cell Strains in Vaccine Development
Covers the manufacturing process for viral vaccines and use of human diploid cells
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