WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers are looking at what parents go through to have their children exempted from vaccinations.
A Senate-House health committee focused Thursday on medical exemptions from immunizations required before children can attend school.
The committee heard from Ohio and Marshall counties parents who described how medical issues made vaccines dangerous to their children.
One child has a dairy allergy. He was removed from his sixth grade class for six weeks after being denied an exemption. The other child has an auto-immune disorder and was threatened with removal from kindergarten. Each eventually received an exemption, though one is only temporary.
Ohio County officials were on hand to defend their process. But House Health Chair Don Perdue said he's concerned that medical exemptions aren't handled clearly and uniformly across the state.