Anti-Vaxxers May Be Exploiting Religious Exemptions, Colorado Study Finds

Anti-Vaxxers May Be Exploiting Religious Exemptions, Colorado Study Finds

Nov 04 2019

CNN) — An increasing number of parents in the United States are citing faith to avoid getting their children vaccinated, according to a new study — even though no major religion opposes vaccination. The study’s lead author is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado.

Childhood shots have been proven safe and effective, and prevent millions of deaths each year. Just 15 states allow parents to opt out of them for philosophical or personal reasons. But new research suggests that anti-vaxxers may be finding a workaround: exploiting religious belief exemptions that are permitted in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

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