In most public schools in the United States it is a requirement that prior to entering school,children must be immunized against the common childhood…

In most public schools in the United States it is a requirement that prior to entering school, children must be immunized against the common childhood diseases. There have been legal cases of parents who have refused to have their children immunized because of religious or other beliefs. This creates the potential of raising ethical dilemmas. For example, state governments require that all children be enrolled in some type of formal education by a certain age. Yet, without immunization children may not be allowed to attend school. With that being said, my questions are:

  1. Should parents who object to immunization because of religious, personal, or ethical beliefs have this requirement waived?
  2. If so, should their children be allowed to attend school?
  3. What might the consequences be if they attend school?
  4. Would waiving this requirement be legally and ethically fair to families whose children are immunized? Why or why not?