Do the religious really have a right NOT to vaccinate? Contact our experts to find out.April 10, 20192 min read
As measles, mumps and other once easily controlled and previously eradicated diseases are now spreading across states and communities in America – the great vaccination debate is once again in full swing.
The fact is – vaccinations work. The world’s leading health organizations have proven that beyond a shadow of a doubt.
But these days, more and more people are opting out of vaccinating themselves and their children – for a variety of reasons. The most recent is in Florida where children can opt out for necessary medical or religious reasons. This year, more than 25,000 students have claimed religion as their reason not to be inoculated. And, it’s a number that’s increasing every year. There are concerns among public health experts in Florida that this decision-making is being empowered by the online and well funded anti-vaccination groups who can reach massive amounts of people with its misinformation.
And outbreaks are occurring as a result. Medically compromised people are at risk.
- So, is it time for states to reconsider religion when allowing children not to be vaccinated?
- Is there a way to prevent the system from further abuse?
- And what are the consequences to the greater population if this continues to grow at the near exponential pace it is?
- Or … is this a right that is protected and beyond question?
There are a lot of questions and that’s where the experts from Cedarville University can help with multiple angles regarding this topic.
Dr. Marc Sweeney is the Founding Dean of the School of Pharmacy at Cedarville University.
Dan DeWitt, Ph. D. is the Director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity at Cedarville University.
Both experts are available to speak with media regarding this growing issue – simply click on either of their icons to arrange an interview.
Dan DeWitt, Ph.D. Undergraduate Studies, Director, Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity, Associate Professor of Applied Theology and Apologetics
Dr. DeWitt spends most of his research and writing time at the intersection of faith and secularism