National Vaccination Issues and Information
The Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS) website has a section
on immunization laws in the United States.
One section of interest is A
matter of law: Parents must be informed.
Quoting from this section: By law, parents, guardians, or
patients must be given information in writing about the risks
and benefits of vaccination before a vaccine is administered.
The section then references Vaccines
and Immunizations on the website of the Centers for
Disease Control (CDC). Of
particular interest is the section on Vaccine
Safety and Adverse Events. Forms are provided for
reporting a vaccine adverse event, either on-line or on a paper
travel and visa vaccination information
ruling and letter from Vatican support extending religious
exemption coverage to parochial schools.
online petition presented by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons at
www.aapsonline.org/alerts/petition.php voices opposition to the
Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (upon which the states are basing their new bills) and calls on President Bush to desist immediately from all efforts, plans and actions to promote and pass this bill.
Federal Model State Emergency Health Powers Act
free PDF Reader
to view) See webpage excerpt here.
States which may grant a
"personal beliefs" exemption: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota,
New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington,
and Wisconsin. Click here for details
Most states offer a religious exemption. In a Federal court the Wexler Decision
held that limiting religious exemption solely to "bona fide members of a recognized
religious organization" was unconstitutional, but some states laws still hold
to this narrow and restrictive view.
The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 examined by the National Vaccine Information Center and Global Vaccine Awareness League
1999 Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Human Resources and Drug Policy Hearing on
"Compensating Vaccine Injuries: Are Reforms
States and Local Public Health Links
Departments of Health, state laws
How to Find Your State Statutes Online
Links to state government websites
www.washlaw.edu Very comprehensive access to law-related resources
on the Internet which includes Full
Text Search to State Laws
U.S. Congress on the Internet Bill
Summaries & Status; Committee Reports; more
How to Communicate Your Demands and who (Federal and State) to
Reach Out to Lawmakers
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