Statement on Vaccination


Statement on Vaccination

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European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education 
Statement on Vaccination

It has come to our attention that uncorroborated statements have appeared purporting opposition to childhood immunisation as being the official or tacit policy of Steiner Waldorf School Associations and the institutions they represent.

The European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education is an associative body of representatives of national Steiner Waldorf School organisations, both within and beyond the European Union.

We wish to state unequivocally that opposition to immunisation per se – or resistance to national strategies for childhood immunisation in general – forms no part of our specific educational objectives.

We believe that a matter such as whether or not to inoculate a child against communicable disease should be a matter for parental choice. Consequently, we believe that families provide the proper context for such decisions to be made on the basis of medical, social and ethical considerations, and upon the perceived balance of risks.

Insofar as schools have any role to play in these matters, we believe it is in making available a range of balanced information both from the appropriate national agencies and from qualified health professionals with expertise in the field.

Schools themselves are not – nor should they attempt to become – determiners of health or medical decisions.

This statement was agreed by members of the ECSWE, meeting in Copenhagen, 21 January 2001.