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Religious Concerns

Religious Concerns

Healthcare professionals may want to ask parents and patients about the basis for the religious concern. In general, religions around the world support immunization.
Religious Concerns Resources
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
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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
Reliable Sources of Immunization Information
>> view all handouts for parents
Click this arrow to watch A Practical Guide to Improving Adult Vaccination Rates in Your Practice
Ask the Experts: Vaccine Safety
CDC's experts answer challenging questions about vaccines
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Vaccine Information Statements
VISs explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine
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Unprotected People Reports
Real-life accounts of suffering and loss
IAC's website for the public - vaccineinformation.org
Click this arrow to view the vaccine safety websection on vaccineinformation.org
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
Click this arrow to view CDC's Talking with Parents about Vaccines for Infants
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)
Related Article: Vatican - Parents may allow kids to get vaccines linked to abortion
Source: Catholic News Service, December 12, 2008
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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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Consenting to Vaccination for Rubella
Catholic News - 1994
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
More Resources
      FEATURED RESOURCE
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
 
      VIDEOS
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
Video: Addressing Vaccine Hesitant Parents
Addressing Vaccine-Hesitant Parents
This set of role-playing videos, available for viewing either as one video or a series of clips, include an introduction and commentary by infectious disease expert Dr. Mark Sawyer.
Videos & PSAs
more videos for health care professionals
      POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
PowerPoint: Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
Talking points and resources for busy healthcare professionals
PowerPoint: 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
>> more PowerPoint presentations
      JOURNAL ARTICLES
What the World's Religions Teach, Applied to Vaccines and Immune Globulins
Vaccine, April 12, 2103, 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
>> more religious concerns–journal articles
      MORE INFORMATION: RELIGIOUS CONCERNS
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
vaccineinformation.org
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This page was updated on May 18, 2015
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