Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Leaders of Rx for West Virginia Initiative Declare Stance on Issues

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Leaders of Rx for West Virginia Initiative Declare Stance on Issues

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A group of regional public health officials has targeted three key health issues that have been points of contention in the state over the last few years in an effort to educate the public on the scientific support behind these public health policies. Rx for West Virginia, led by Dr. Michael Brumage, health officer for the Kanawha- Charleston Health Department, and Dr. Michael Kilkenny, health officer for the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, held a press conference Friday to address its recommendations, or "prescriptions, for the state on three issues: vaccinating children against disease, supporting clean indoor air regulations and discouraging the consumption of raw milk and dairy products.

West Virginia has one of the highest rates of school-age vaccination in the country, and has been free of the measles outbreaks that have plagued other states in recent years. Despite this, legislators introduced a bill last year that would have allowed parents with "moral objections to vaccines to skip the requirement for school-aged children in West Virginia. That piece of the legislation ultimately was rewritten, but Brumage said the new initiative wanted to remind citizens that vaccines are an important part of disease prevention.

"West Virginia has the best childhood immunization law in the country, and we just want to keep it that way, said Bob Whitler, vice president of government and community affairs for Charleston Area Medical Center.

Another health issue that divided the Legislature during the 2015 session was the push to legalize raw milk sales and consumption in the state. A bill to allow the consumption of non-pasteurized milk in West Virginia passed in both the Senate and the House early last year, but was vetoed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 202 of the 239 hospitalizations involving tainted dairy products between 1993 and 2006 were linked to the consumption of raw milk or raw- milk cheese. …

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