Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor
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.
Fried RG. Health Consequences of Exemptions From Immunization Laws. JAMA. 2000;283(9):1140–1142. doi:10.1001/jama.283.9.1137
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