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    I don't know anyone who objects to vaccinations based on religion. The only people I've ever met who are anti vax hold that view because of their belief in pseudo science.

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    Must be an American thing and maybe non-vaxxers here adopted it at some point in time, enough for it to be ticked off a list of exemptions anyway.
    Looks like it's still an option over there but I do wonder how much more aggressive their vaccination schedules are and how controversial the ingredients.
    We wouldn't be using the same ones would we?

    http://www.nvic.org/Vaccine-Laws/sta...uirements.aspx
    • Religious Exemption: The constitutional right to have and exercise personal religious beliefs, whether you are of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim or other faith, can be defended. In the Old Testament of the Bible, Abraham is asked by God to sacrifice his son to demonstrate his faith. Although Abraham is willing, God does not force Abraham to sacrifice his son. In fact, God makes it clear that human sacrifice to demonstrate allegiance is not appropriate. Constitutionally, Americans have an expectation that their religious beliefs will be respected and that government will not pass laws that obstruct the exercise of this most fundamental of freedoms.

    If you exercise your right to religious exemption to vaccination, you must be prepared to defend it, and explain your religious or spiritual beliefs in your own words. Due to differences in state laws and the personal nature of a religious or spiritual belief, the NVIC does not recommend or provide a prewritten statement to use an example for filing a religious exemption.
    The religious exemption is intended for people who hold a sincere religious belief opposing vaccination to the extent that if the state forced vaccination, it would be an infringement on their constitutional right to exercise their religious beliefs. A state must have a "compelling State interest" before this right can be taken away. Limiting the spread of serious communicable diseases has been defined as a "compelling State interest" in court cases after the 1905 U.S. Supreme Court decision Jacobson v. Massachusetts affirmed the right of states to mandate smallpox vaccine.
    In a number of state court cases setting precedent on the issue of vaccine mandates, the freedom to act according to one’s religious beliefs is subject to reasonable regulation, if exercise of personal religious beliefs substantially threatens the welfare of society as a whole. State requirements for religious exemption can vary widely state to state and below are examples of how religious exemption may be defined in your state and what may be required to obtain a religious exemption to vaccination:
    • The exemption’s definition may be broadly defined to include philosophical, personal or conscientiously held beliefs not necessarily tied to an organized religion.
    • Membership in an organized religion that has written tenets prohibiting invasive medical procedures such as vaccination. However, this kind of language has been ruled unconstitutional when it has been challenged in State Supreme Courts.
    • A signed affidavit from your pastor or spiritual advisor from the church you attend.
    • Notarization of your signature on a religious exemption statement attesting to your sincerely held religious beliefs about vaccination.
    As of 2016, all U.S. states allow a religious exemption to vaccination except California, Mississippi and West Virginia. Prior to registering your child for school, you should check your state law to verify what proof is needed if you intend to file an exemption for sincerely held religious or spiritual beliefs.
    If you belong to a church, consider educating the head of your local church about the sincerity of your personal religious beliefs regarding vaccination. You may be able to obtain a letter from your pastor, priest, rabbi or other spiritual counselor affirming the sincerity of your religious beliefs and file it along with any statement you may be required to write explaining your religious or spiritually held beliefs about vaccination.

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    Default Religion and Vaccinations.

    Looks like it's pretty similar if not the same.

    https://www.vaccines.gov/who_and_when/infants_to_teens/

    ETA: pretty sure it's the same as the UK's except missing Men B for newborns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phony View Post
    Well that's it, if there aren't any then who was using that as an excuse before?
    I provided you with the answer in my original post.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politi...14-1mkmj8.html

    Religious belief is no longer a permitted exemption in Australia though.
    https://amp.theguardian.com/society/...ous-exemptions

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Since some crazy people believe that the vaccinations contain aborted fetuses then I'm guessing any religion against abortion could use religious grounds to refuse them.
    People actually believed that??? Wow some people are so Gullible and will believe any bull****!!

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    Ahh, I knew I had heard of it before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I'm pretty sure the JW's won't, along with refusing blood transfusions, as they believe essentially what will be will be, and they leave it in God's hands.

    From what I know, the biggest dangers to our herd immunity and vax rates are middle/high income people born in Aust
    JW do vaccinate but not with vaccines that have human products in them

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    Quote Originally Posted by The2Peas View Post
    The JW used to refuse vaccinations as they used to be made with blood. They believe the soul is in the blood, which is why they won't accept any blood products. Not sure where they stand now that vaccines are synthetic. My grandparents grew up JW but left when my uncle was a baby and nearly died from whooping cough because the church wouldn't allow him to be vaccinated. I don't know of any Christian denomination that bans vaccination
    Some vaccinations still contain human products - usually human serum albumin, such as in Imojev (japanese enchephalitis vax). The Rubella component of the MMR vax is actually derived from human fetal tissue, but it was derived many decades ago when the vax was developed.
    In my experience, the uptake of vaccines with various animal/human derivitives is a personal choice regardles of religion. ie some JW are happy to have all vaccines, but some are more strict.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Since some crazy people believe that the vaccinations contain aborted fetuses then I'm guessing any religion against abortion could use religious grounds to refuse them.
    This is actually sort of true. Rubella vaccine was developed using human fetal tissue. The same tissue used back in the 60's when the vaccine was developed is still being used for replication today!

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    Sorry bout lots of replies to this thread!! I work in this field and love it!

    Polio was very close to being eradicated world wide a couple years back, with just small pockets of disease...The Taliban (extremist Muslim) refutes vaccination and murdered NGO vaccination providers in Pakistan, Iraq and Afganistan resulting in resurgence of the disease, and its still not under control today

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