Vaccinations are readily available for such common adult illness1921 – “Vaccination never prevented anything and never will, and is the most barbarous practice” – Golden Age Oct 12 1921 p.17

1923 – “Vaccination, summed up, is the most unhygienic, barbaric, filthy, abhorrent, and most dangerous system of infection known. Its vile poison taints, corrupts, and pollutes the blood of the healthy, resulting in ulcers, syphilis, scrofula, erysipelas, tuberculosis, cancer, tetanus, insanity, and death” – Golden Age Jan 1 1923 pg 214

1929 – “Avoid serum inoculations as they pollute the blood stream with their filthy pus.” – Golden Age 11/12/1929 p.107

1931 – Prohibited as being a “direct violation of the everlasting covenant.” “Quite likely there is some connection between the violation of blood [vaccines] and the spread of demonism” – Golden Age 2/4/31 p.293

1934 – “It is better to be jailed 12 times instead of let your child be vaccinated” – Golden Age March 28, 1934

Permitted in September 1945 Consolation- “When we lose our life because we refuse inoculations, that does not bear witness as a justification of Jehovah’s name. God never issued regulations which prohibit the use of drugs, inoculations or blood transfusions. It is an invention of people, who, like the Pharisees, leave Jehovah’s mercy and love aside.”

Since 1952 permitted. WT 12/15/52 p.764 and AWAKE! 8/22/65 p.20


What have Jehovah’s Witnesses historically said about the issue of children dying due to refusing a blood transfusion?

YES – Awake! 1994 May 22 p.2 Youths Who Put God First (3-15)

In former times thousands of youths died for putting God first. They are still doing it, only today the drama is played out in hospitals and courtrooms, with blood transfusions the issue.

NO – Watchtower 1998 December 1 p.14 Defending Our Faith

Jehovah’s Witnesses have been targets of false accusations – barefaced lies and twisted presentations of their beliefs… The accusation that numerous children of Jehovah’s Witnesses die each year as a result of refusing blood transfusions is totally unfounded.

Governing Body member Anthony Morris III telling a story about a youth that died from refusing a blood transfusion: