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Immunization and the Adventist Church

There are some who question about Adventists and other Christians being immunize. Some people believe it is wrong to immunize. What is the Adventist view? In May of 2015 the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist published the following statement on immunization.

"The Seventh-day Adventist Church places strong emphasis on health and well-being. The Adventist health emphasis is based on biblical revelation, the inspired writing of E.G. White (co-founder of the Church), and on peer-reviewed scientific literature. As such, we encourage responsible immunization/vaccination, and have no religious or faith-based reason not to encourage our adherents to responsibly participate in protective and preventive immunization programs. We value the health and safety of the population, which includes the maintenance of “herd immunity.”

We are not the conscience of the individual church member, and recognize individual choices. These are exercised by the individual. The choice not to be immunized is not and should not be seen as the dogma nor the doctrine of the Seventh-day Adventist Church." [ See official page ]

This is a message from the Health Ministries Department of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Nathalyn LaCroix, Director