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March 1, 2000

Health Consequences of Exemptions From Immunization Laws

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(9):1140-1142. doi:10.1001/jama.283.9.1137

To the Editor: The article by Dr Salmon and colleagues1 regarding the health consequences of religious and philosophical exemptions from immunization laws mentioned but did not discuss the reasons some parents choose not to immunize their children. In some cases, this decision is based on religious beliefs, which do not lend themselves to rational or scientific debate. However, I believe many parents have strong philosophical convictions that the recommended immunization schedule may not be in their child's best interest.