Some disturbing numbers have recently been released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials across the country are reporting an increase in the number of cases of contagious diseases such as mumps and measles.
Individual cases of measles are now being reported in as many as 19 states. The good news is that here in the Mountain State, the number of reported cases is quite low. In fact, there have been no reported cases of measles in West Virginia so far this year.
Many healthcare workers credit those numbers to the state’s vaccination requirements for schools.
“So a physician applies the request of the family, the physician applies and says this child cannot receive a vaccine because it’s then reviewed and either approved temporarily, provisionally, or long-term,” said Howard Gamble, administrator of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department. “And that’s really what we have in West Virginia. It’s medically based exemptions.”
Gamble also points out that several other state also grant both religious and philosophical exemptions.