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Allow exemptions to vaccination rule

March 28, 2013

West Virginians would not tolerate it if a government official stood beside their family doctors and overruled physicians’ recommendations for care of our children....

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Mar-28-13 8:25 AM

Maybe the best answer is neither of the above.

There should be an appeal process from the local health department decision. An appeal process that would be known, & easy to use.

But allowing any M.D. (or other doctor?) to veto a health department decision could open the door to problems. One doctor could become the "go-to" doc for any parents who have any concerns about vaccination. Not all of these are well-researched and well-founded -- & allowing too many unvaccinated children into the schools creates risks for everyone.

Appeals process to some State level board, yes. Veto by individual medical providers, I think not.

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