While all states require children to receive certain vaccinations before they can enter public school, most states offer nonmedical exemptions to those requirements.
(Every state allows exemptions for children who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.) Only three states – California, Mississippi and West Virginia – do not offer any nonmedical vaccine exemptions.
His custody status is the result of a child in need of care ruling by a Johnson County judge, but the Bakers say that they are working for him to be returned to his mother, their daughter, who like them is opposed to him being vaccinated.
It is a decision that families have long been able to make in Kansas. But there are two different versions of the language of the religious exemption.
But even though the church is well known for its belief in healing through prayer, it does not advocate that its members refrain from vaccinating children.
Some components of vaccines could theoretically cause other religious concerns.
Forty-six states currently allow children to be exempt from vaccinations due to religious concerns, including 17 states that also allow exemptions for “personal reasons,” according to a Pew Research Center analysis.