HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 115
(By Delegates Lawrence, Campbell, Moye, Eldridge, Perdue, Perry, Ellington, Diserio, Householder, Fleischauer, Border, Miller, Cowles, Marshall, Moore, Rowan, Poore, Staggers, Ferns, Arvon, Pasdon and Sobonya)
[Originating in the Committee on Health and Human Resources; Reported APRIL 2, 2013.]
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the current medical exemption process for immunizations in West Virginia.
WHEREAS, West Virginia has one of the strictest laws in the nation pertaining to medical vaccine exemption requirements for children before they can attend school; and
WHEREAS, Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations before; and
Whereas, Currently West Virginia requires that physicians send requests to the local health departments to be authorized before the child can enter the school system; and
WHEREAS, Disease prevention is the key component to public health. Vaccines prevent disease in the people who receive them and protect those who come into contact with unvaccinated individuals. Vaccines help prevent infectious diseases and save lives. Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in this country; and
WHEREAS, It is crucial that pediatricians design a safe immunization plan for children with confirmed vaccine allergies. Children who have had one allergic reaction are believed to be at a higher risk for future reactions, typically more serious than the first; and
WHEREAS, With the current medical exemption process, some children are forced to miss school days prior to being exempted with parents often having to opt to home school; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to conduct a study on the current medical exemption process for immunizations in West Virginia.; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.