Adventist and Catholic News & Views 004 – 25 Jan 2020 – Vaccine edition

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News and commentary on Adventism:

ImmunizationSeventh-day Adventist church
Pro-vaccine statement of the Seventh-day Adventist church

Adventism’s Official Embrace of Vaccination – Curse or Blessing?Amazing Discoveries
Many Seventh Day Adventists employ religious exemptions from vaccination …” Well, much of Adventism’s so-called “health” message is based on unscientific pseudofacts, and these have indoctrinated Adventists, and so any bizarre health-related ideas could sit in their heads. WARNING: Anti-vaxxer propaganda

Adventist Health offering free Childhood Immunizations next month23ABC News
No need to rush, it’s over by now. But at least someone Adventist is doing something right.


News and commentary on Catholicism:

Should Catholics be pro or anti vaccination?
My answer, as a scientist, as a doctor, as a medical virologist, as a Catholic, is that the anti-vaccine (aka anti-vax) position is indeed immoral and not supported by Catholic teaching.

73 Catholic schools in Washington end religious vaccine exemptionsABC News
Good for them. Catholicism is pro-vaccine. Anti-vaccine Catholics have their own opinions and scruples contrary to Catholic teaching.

The Church, the State, and Vaccine PolicyThe American Journal of Bioethics
Bednarczyk RA, Tate T, Opel DJ, Omer SB. The Church, the State, and Vaccine Policy. Am J Bioeth. 2017;17(4):50-52.

Catholic Social Teaching and the Duty to Vaccinate.The American Journal of Bioethics
Carson PJ, Flood AT. Catholic Social Teaching and the Duty to Vaccinate. Am J Bioeth. 2017;17(4):36-43.
Abstract: “Since the last century, vaccination has been one of the most important tools we possess for the prevention and elimination of disease. Yet the tremendous gains from vaccination are now threatened by a growing hesitance to vaccinate based on a variety of concerns or objections. Geographic clustering of some families who choose not to vaccinate has led to a number of well-publicized outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Of note is that some of these outbreaks are centered within some Christian religious groups that increasingly avoid vaccination due to moral concerns, fears about safety, or doubts about the necessity of vaccines. We argue from the perspective of Catholic social teaching on why there is a moral duty to vaccinate.

Vaccines preserve ‘moral health’ of communities, say church expertsNational Catholic Register


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