States which may grant a "personal beliefs" exemption 

Call it what you might, a number of states offer parent's actual access to informed choice through exemptions for personal beliefs of one form or another - Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. Information regarding these states is published at  http://www.access1.net/via/STATES/allstates.htm and the National Vaccine Information Center site; however, before making any important decisions that might affect the welfare of your family, please verify any information found here with the state authorities. You may be able to do this online if the state has a comprehensive government website. Search at  
http://dir.yahoo.com/Government/U_S__Government/State_Government/ for links to the various states.

The National Vaccine Information Center site has an excellent graphic which shows at a glance what exemptions each state allows.

Additionally, if you become aware of any inaccuracies found here, or any additions that should be made, please email them to nyvicteam

Note: Most states offer medical exemptions (requires MD to certify) and religious exemptions. The religious exemptions vary, but a federal judge found that when NY state limited the exemption solely to "bona fide members of a recognized religious organization" - this was unconstitutional. NY's law was subsequently changed to read, "This section shall not apply to children whose parent, parents, or guardian hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practices herein required..." However, the decision also clearly supports the idea that the state does have the right to determine the actual "sincerity" of the beliefs claimed (see Wexler Decision).

Parents' and Patients' Rights Groups in various states

NY moves to enact State Emergency Health Powers Act, calling for vaccination in "emergencies." See NYVIC report on Assembly hearing on this issue. 

A Hard Look at Hepatitis B Vaccination A special section on this controversial vaccine -- with congressional testimony
by MD's and a statistician who question present vaccination policy.



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