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May 3, 2000

Incorrect Wording

JAMA. 2000;283(17):2241. doi:10.1001/jama.283.17.2241

In the Original Contribution entitled "Health Consequences of Religious and Philosophical Exemptions From Immunization Laws: Individual and Societal Risk of Measles" published in the July 7, 1999, issue of THE JOURNAL (1999;282:47-53), there was an inaccurate statement on page 48 that reads, "Texas requires that individuals claiming religious exemptions be a member of a recognized religious group that opposes all immunizations and submit a letter from a faith leader." It should read, "Texas law requires that individuals claiming religious exemptions submit an affidavit signed by the parent or guardian stating that the immunization ‘conflicts with the tenets and practices of a recognized religious organization of which the applicant is an adherent or member.'" There is no requirement that the affidavit be signed by a faith leader or that exemption be for all vaccinations.