A Catholic high school student in Kentucky sues for his right to avoid the varicella vaccine, for religious reasons, the Cincinnati Enquirer relationships. Jerome Kunkel, 18, says the Northern Kentucky Department of Health violated his religious freedom by telling unvaccinated students to stay away from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart / Assumption Academy in Walton during an epidemic of chickenpox. The cause says that Kunkel opposes the vaccine "because of its derivation from aborted fetal cells". Jerome adds that "it is rather devastating" not to interpret "the last couple of games" in the school basketball team as a senior, reports WLWT. His father Bill says it this way: "I don't believe that vaccine at all and they're trying to push it on us."
But the Department of Health wants to prevent others from suffering fever, fatigue, itching and bladder erythema that has already hit 32 in the school. "Without definitive evidence of immunity, a person could be a source of potential exposure, even if they are currently in good health," a department official said. "It is impossible to know how someone will react to chicken pox, so we must act very carefully." The anti-abortion argument against vaccines dates back at least to a 2005 Pontifical Academy for Life study, according to which Catholics should press for new types of vaccines, according to ABC News. But "this important battle cannot and must not fall on innocent children and the health situation of the population," the study said. (Read more stories about vaccines).