Nursing & Healthcare News
ANA rejects religious exemptions as California considers tighter rules
With outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases on the rise, the ANA is saying no to religious exemptions and the California Legislature is weighing stricter rules for medical exemptions.
In a statement issued on June 22, the American Nurses Association declared unequivocally, “Given the recent surge of measles cases and potentially uncontrollable outbreaks of other vaccine-preventable illnesses, ANA no longer supports religious exemption as a reason not to get vaccinated.”
California has already eliminated religious or personal belief exemptions for the vaccinations children must receive to attend school or daycare. Now, State Senator Richard Pan, M.D., MPH (D-Sacramento), who wrote that 2015 law, is pushing for tighter guidelines for medical exemptions as well.