A ninth, "anti-vaccination" myth,
cultivated by "PLANS Inc."
Opposition to mandatory childhood immunization programs in a child's early life is a growing world wide movement, which has developed in recent years, completely independent of Waldorf education, and it has adherents both outside and inside Waldorf schools. For details, see Global Vaccine InstituteGlobal Vaccine Awareness League, 16 Reasons not to Vaccinate and compelling arguments against vaccination.

For an article on the immunization issue which mentions the Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, CO, see A shot in the dark, Parents should get all the facts before immunizing their children. S

This issue has led to another of the unfounded allegations by PLANS in their anti-Waldorf campaign, that

it is generally an official or tacit policy of Waldorf education to oppose childhood immunization, exposing children in Waldorf kindergarten and elementary schools to the life-threatening dangers of child diseases like the measles or rubella.
But this is not the case. The expressly stated view by the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education, where the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America is an affiliate member, is that vaccination of children is a decision for their parents, not Waldorf schools. Waldorf schools should, if anything, help parents become informed by qualified health professionals, but should not try to influence the parents one way or the other in their decision.

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