Local Encourages Vaccine Education
In response to the 7/23/13 edition of the Daily News Staff Report headline (“No Shots, No School – it’s the law!”), I would like to request a staff reporter investigate the claim of the website of The National Vaccine Information Center regarding vaccine exemptions. With the latest information now linking infant vaccines and autism (causing neurological, motor skills and learning disabilities, etc), I’m confident an investigation into NVIC’s vaccine exemption information page would be a huge source of help to your readers, particularly parents of school-age students who are the first line of defense of and protection for their children and would love to have the choice to exempt if there is a legal option available.
According to the website of the National Vaccine Information Center, Louisiana is one of 17 states who allows exemptions to vaccination based on philosophical, personal or conscientiously held beliefs, including exemption for religious beliefs. The religious exemption is intended for people who hold a sincere religious belief opposing vaccination to the extent that if the state forced vaccination, it would be an infringement on their right to exercise their religious beliefs. The religious exemption is granted based on the First Amendment of the Constitution, which is the right to freely exercise one’s religion. Additionally, ALL 50 states allow for medical exemptions to vaccination, provided with proof/signed statement by a medical physician.
The website that explains exemptions allowed specifically for Louisiana is http://www.nvic.org/Vaccine-Laws/state-vaccine-requirements/louisiana.aspx .
Thank you for allowing me to offer this information to your readership.
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