Building Trust: Clergy and the Call to Eliminate Religious Exemptions

Building Trust: Clergy and the Call to Eliminate Religious Exemptions

Sep 08 2019

Vaccination is 1 of the most important public health achievements in history, but nonmedical vaccine exemption laws permit parents in 45 states and Washington, District of Columbia, to exempt their children from vaccines required for school or day care entry.1Recent measles outbreaks have been linked to clusters of unimmunized children, and researchers attribute the mounting public health consequences and financial costs to nonmedical exemptions. In this context, the Annual Leadership Forum of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) asked the Board of Directors to advocate for the “development of a toolkit that highlights successful chapter strategies for the purpose of helping chapters work with their state legislatures to eliminate/reduce non-medical exemptions that have allowed immunization refusals.” Eliminating nonmedical vaccine exemption laws was the Annual Leadership Forum’s top priority for 2019.Vaccination is 1 of the most important public health achievements in history, but nonmedical vaccine exemption laws permit parents in 45 states and Washington, District of Columbia, to exempt their children from vaccines required for school or day care entry. Recent measles outbreaks have been linked to clusters of unimmunized children, and researchers attribute the mounting public health consequences and financial costs to nonmedical exemptions. In this context, the Annual Leadership Forum of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) asked the Board of Directors to advocate for the “development of a toolkit that highlights successful chapter strategies for the purpose of helping chapters work with their state legislatures to eliminate/reduce non-medical exemptions that have allowed immunization refusals.” Eliminating nonmedical vaccine exemption laws was the Annual Leadership Forum’s top priority for 2019.

Source: AAP News