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This week's poll:  Should it be more difficult to claim religious exemptions to avoid having children vaccinated?

This week's poll: Should it be more difficult to claim religious exemptions to avoid having children vaccinated?

Last week, we reported on a story where a woman who believes vaccines are harmful allegedly bragged that her child spread chicken pox to attendees of a baseball game.

It turns out that over the past few years, there has been a rise in people claiming religious exemptions to avoid having their children vaccinated.  Health officials worry that there could be outbreaks of diseases that were once thought to be all but wiped out and that the religious exemption needs to be tightened, but people in the "anti-vaccine" movement warn that some vaccines are harmful and that the religious exemption is a Constitutional right that must be defended at all costs.  Adding to the controversy is a rise in pediatricians who are asking families to stop visiting their practice if the children are not vaccinated.

What's your take?

Our poll will remain open until the morning of Sunday, August 5.  While our software tracks IPs to void double-voting, your personal identity will remain anonymous when you vote.  This is a survey of our readers and not a scientific poll.

Should it be more difficult to cite religious excemptions to vaccines?

  • Yes - This is turning into a public health risk. (82%, 23 Votes)
  • No - Parents have a fundamental right to exercise their conscience and the religious exemption is a fundamental freedom. (14%, 4 Votes)
  • Not sure. (4%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    I think it should be more difficult for parents to declare religious exemption because it endangers their children's health and personally, I see it as child abuse not to vaccinate your children. The more people who claim this exemption, the more people who risk the health of society too. I can easily see another epidemic of polio the more the children who are not vaccinated. Almost makes me a little paranoid to go swimming in public pools, but luckily there is chlorine, which probably helps.

  • skater60

    I think parents who do the religious exemption trick should be vaccinated in the eye.

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