A Kentucky teenager is reportedly suing his local health department for not allowing him to play basketball because he refused to receive a chickenpox vaccine.
18-year-old Jerome Kunkel has filed suit against the Northern Kentucky Health Department following an outbreak of chickenpox at his school, the Assumption Academy, which is linked to the Church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Union, KY. After reporting 32 cases of chickenpox at the school, the NKY Health Department said unvaccinated students would not be able to attend school until 21 days after the last student or employee broke out.
Kunkel filed a lawsuit against the health department for disappointment that he will not be able to participate in basketball exercises in his senior year because he refuses to receive the chickenpox vaccine. As a practicing Catholic, he says he can not get the vaccine because he "comes from broken fetal cells," which he claims to be "immoral, illegal, and sinful."
"The fact that I can not stop my older basketball year, as well as our recent games, is pretty devastating," Kunkel told CNN. "I mean, you go to high school for four years and play basketball, but you're looking forward to your senior year."
Some Catholics, such as Kunkel, are struggling to find that some vaccines come from cells derived from two fetuses that were discontinued in the 1960s. The National Catholic Bioethics Center notes that a small sample of these cells has been propagated to produce viruses that have been used to develop vaccines. However, today's vaccines are far removed from these cells because the cell lines "grew independently".
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Some vaccines have alternatives that are unrelated to these 1960s cells, but there are none for chickenpox.
"Of course we are anti-abortion Christians," said Jerome's father Bill Kunkel.
The NCBC adds that Christians "are free to use the vaccines regardless of their historical connection with abortion" because the public health risk stemming from the decision is not vaccinated, the legitimate concern outweighs the Origin of the vaccine. Pope Benedict XVI even encouraged Christians to vaccinate their children.
However, the Kunkel family said they believe the NKY Health Department is trying to force the chickenpox vaccine against them and they did not want to follow.  BOY OF NACCINATED NEVER ISOLATED $ 800 G IN MEDICAL BILLS TO TETANUS REQUIRED 57 DAYS HOSPITAL: CDC
In response to the lawsuit, the NKY Health Dept. attempted to maintain public safety.  "We know the lawsuit of Jerome Kunkel and would like to point out that the measures taken by the Ministry of Health in relation to the Assumption Academy are in line with the lawful indictment of this authority to protect police health care," said a departmental statement NKY Health Department had added that he could not comment on an ongoing lawsuit, said the statement that single person including Kunkel's lawyer, "have gone to social media to spread false information as part of their process strategy."
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The statement went on : "Chickenpox, also called varicella, can be a very serious disease that is particularly dangerous for infants and pregnant women or anyone who has a weakened immune system. Recent measures by the Northern Kentucky Health Department regarding the onset of chickenpox at the Academy of Our Lady of the Blessed Heart / Assumption were a direct response to a public health threat and an appropriate and necessary response to prevent further spread of this infectious disease. "19659020]