Getting Religion about Vaccines
"The only two religions that have any possible negative stance (though it’s not even clear that they do) on vaccination are Christian Scientists and the Dutch Reformed Church."
"In order to apply for a religious exemption, you don’t even need to be religious. If you live in Connecticut, for example, all you have to do is fill out this incredibly simple form... In Florida, all that is needed is the child’s name, date of birth, and social security number—no proof of religion, or even name of a religion, is needed."
Irrespective of the lack of formal religious exemptions, when we speak with parents as physicians or public health officials, we need to be aware that three existing vaccines (hepatitis A, rubella, chicken pox) were developed from cell lines derived from aborted fetuses. For this reason, some Catholic and other parents might refuse to vaccinate their children. However, this issue has been well studied by the National Catholic Bioethics Center and the Pontifical Academy for Life who "have determined that it is morally licit, and even morally responsible, for Catholics to use even those vaccines developed from aborted fetus cells."
Dr. Paul Cieslak in the Catholic EWTN news states "While the new measles cases are cause for concern, the outbreak isn’t nearly as bad as it could be, and that is thanks to vaccinations. The fact that it doesn’t spread to everybody is a testimony to the fact that most of them [who were exposed] are immune, and most of them got that way through vaccinations. And when we have seen transmission of multiple cases, it has been largely among unvaccinated people. As a Catholic, I would argue that it [vaccination] is a socially conscious thing to do. It’s not only good for you, it’s good for your fellow man."