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Mercer, Mother Debate Vaccine

June 21, 2013

West Virginia legislators got a little more than they bargained for Thursday when a Joint Committee on Health meeting turned into a debate between a doctor and a mother....

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doglover26003

Jun-21-13 10:38 AM

Interesting how government officials (Mercer) don't provide information on how to file for an exemption. Non-government agencies are required to notify consumers on how to file a grievance etc. Another example of government regulations not being applied to the government.

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HercX007

Jun-21-13 11:34 AM

Mercer has let his position go to his head and has become a medical dictator.

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Momma2Alex

Jun-21-13 2:00 PM

I was at this meeting. The legislators asked Dr. Mercer questions. One of them was, "Ohio's policy is not to have the Health Officers approve medical exemptions, but our local students are in the OVAC and compete in sports with students from Ohio. Do you feel our students are at risk?" Mercer's answer...No. Another question was, "Dr. Mercer, when you make a decision on a medical exemption, are you making that decision for that one child or for "public health." Answer...public health. Delegate goes on to say, "So your determination is not for what may be in the best interest of that one child. I hope the Health Committee is serious about fixing this very serious problem which encompasses much more than just Ohio County.

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momof3inwv

Jun-21-13 2:22 PM

Having someone without any common sense or respect for the medial professionals in our area (oh wait - besides himself) is sickening. At least, he needs to be forced to change how he makes his decisions. At best, he should be removed from office and should have a full investigation to rule out any possible financial incentives for his incredibly hard line and dangerous approach to medical exemption refusal. He is a danger to the children in the community. Parents often do not know how to go about appealing his decision and end up vaccinating their child who medially should NOT and could have catastrophic results. What will it take to remove him from office? The death of a child because of his arrogance? I sure hope it doesn't come to that.

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wvmountainmama

Jun-21-13 11:19 PM

So Mercer says "'It's not like we're the big, bad health department. ... If it's not legitimate, we can't give it. We try to make a decision based on the best medical science." So basically what he's implying is that doctors who have actually EXAMINED a child and found them to be medically unable to handle the vaccine for whatever medical reason aren't making their decisions based on the best medical science. He thinks he's a better doctor than the doctor who wrote the exemption in the first place, and he will never even examine the child in person. There are arrogant men and women like this in various county health departments all over this state. DHHR needs to stop using interpretive rule (and bypassing legislation) letting this sort of stuff go on. The ones who lose in all of this are the kids who are being kept from school because of a medical issue. Last time I checked our country is not supposed to discriminate against people because of their health. Did somethi

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Michelle4Liberty

Jun-21-13 11:33 PM

The WV Health Dept.'s irresponsibility is particularly exemplified by the statements of Dr. Mercer who openly admits that the health considerations of one medically fragile is not being considered; rather, the public health. I speak from having personal experience with the vaccine medical exemption process, as my own child's medical exemptions (TWO submitted TWO school years in a row) have laid on a health dept.'s desk in Boone County without so much as a stamp of approval, a stamp of denial, or a written request for additional information. My attempts at arranging a meeting to provide medical documentation have been met with resistance and refusal. The WV Health Dept. medical exemption process is, in my opinion, flawed at the very least and corrupt at its worst. My child has been forced to be educated at home. My child's health and life have value, even though the likes of Dr. Mercer might indicate otherwise.

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whgfeeling

Jun-22-13 12:03 AM

can't stand mercer. he feels he has power and tries to show it.

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Michelle4Liberty

Jun-22-13 4:01 AM

A possible unexplored solution to parents who have encountered difficulty in the medical exemption process may be to explore the option of private or parochial school as an alternative to public school and when home schooling is not a viable option. It is well known that home schooling is not held to public school vaccine requirements. Call it conjecture, but it would also appear from a West Virginia Dept. of Education link from 2009, regarding immunization and *public* schools, in #18 on the list, that students transferring from private and parochial schools, as well as home schools, to WV public schools must come into compliance with new vaccine requirements. One might surmise, then, that the same vaccines required for public school (16-3-4 and 64CSR95) are not required for non-public schools, and, instead, are voluntary. Food for thought. Please reference the document entitled: Immunization FAQ for WV Public Schools at the following website: *******wvde.state.wv.us.

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kolleen

Jun-22-13 6:30 AM

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kolleen

Jun-22-13 6:44 AM

Just saying...I worked side by side with Dr. mercer for six years. He is very smart, compassionate and well read. I witnessed him reading for hours, talking to the CDC, going to conferences to better educate himself so he could protect the community. I am a new grandmother and the "vaccination thing" scared me to death. Her pediatrician reassured me and after much research we proceeded with the shots. Maybe this could have been handled a little differently but overall Dr. Mercer is a wonderful man. His job at the HD is to protect the community. I realize each case is individualized. For the salary he makes at the HD, it doesn't measure up to the amount if hours he puts in for the good of the people.

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momof2awesomeboys

Jun-22-13 7:00 AM

The medical exemption is to protect those individuals with real medical disorders from any adverse or potentially deadly effects. The child's health care provider is aware of any and ALL medical history that would put the child at risk for adverse events following vaccination. However, the government holds the fate of a child based on what they think is good for the Public health. Why are we not considerate of the child's individual health, first and foremost, when making decisions? The process of obtaining a medical exemption is nearly impossible and when you have one child adversely, the Public health officer does NOT take that into consideration at ALL. However, on a Vaccine adverse event report, that is MOST definitely an area of concern when filing an adverse event. No one considered my son at risk for an adverse event even though his brother suffered encephalitis after his vaccinations. Two kids, two adverse even The system is broken for our children's individual medical rights.

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HomeostasisChic

Jun-22-13 7:41 AM

Dr. Mercer routinely fails to honor exemptions from medical professionals who are SPECIALIZED and work with the child. He fails to honor the precautions set forth by the vaccine manufacturer and the CDC. He fails to do his job. Had this mother listened to him, her child may now be dead. This is NOT an isolated case. This is the case that went public. FAIL Dr. Mercer. The Board needs to replace him. STAT!

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HomeostasisChic

Jun-22-13 7:43 AM

@Kolleen, he may not have to spend endless hours reading if he would do his job, which is to REVIEW. Specialized doctors draw on knowledge from thousands of cases over decades to treat a child with an allergy. Dr. Mercer is not an allergist. However, he does seem to have a God complex. Maybe that can be his NEXT job. I hope he's shopping for a new one very soon.

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MomOf2Girls

Jun-22-13 8:20 AM

Kolleen, His JOB is to protect individual children. He is only looking our for 'public health' That is putting OUR children who NEED medical exemptions and do not get them at EXTREME risk and even DEATH. If he cant do his JOB, he needs to get out! He has no right to overrule doctors who actually KNOW our children. He has NO RIGHT to call and harass our children's doctors and allergists' to get what HE wants! HE IS OVERSTEPPING HIS BOUNDS!

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Highland

Jun-22-13 8:58 AM

Dr. Mercer has demonstrated that he's a Bloomberglike nanny stater, wanting to have ultimate control over what your behavior. Disregarding and discounting a child's unique medical needs is the antithesis of what the head of a county health department should do.

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TheRealityPolice

Jun-22-13 10:17 AM

Michelle4Liberty: "may be to explore the option of private or parochial school as an alternative to public school and when home schooling is not a viable option." DOESN'T MATTER - the child who was kept from school for SIX WEEKS - was in a private school. OCHD tyrants have control over those too in WV. The answer is to MOVE or home school. Heck, with Common Core, you should consider home school anyway - who wants to spend $ 9000+/year to have your kid in a curriculum that is no better than our dismal public schools??

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richardwhee

Jun-22-13 1:48 PM

I am not for or against required shots to be eligeable to attend school. Overall I think they are helpful. There are exceptions for medical reasons. However some parents want to resist . Smoe for personal or religioos reasons. For other than medical, if a child catches the disease, we tax payers should not foot the bill. Have the parents or their insurance cover it.

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Momma2Alex

Jun-22-13 10:24 PM

Richard, you, like many others turn this into something totally different. Nobody is talking about non-medical exemptions. The question is, should each county's health officer be given the power to overrule a child's licensed physician. What are your feelings on THAT.

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buffy99

Jun-22-13 10:42 PM

Do NOT get that vaccine. That vaccine has already caused death, kids getting paralyzed, etc.. Do your homework and read up on that vaccine. KEEP AWAY..

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buffy99

Jun-22-13 10:45 PM

MERCER= IDIOT.. He knows what that vaccinE has done and will do.. KEEP AWAY..

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MomOf2Girls

Jun-23-13 8:42 AM

Reality Police, Michelle4Liberty is on our side. She has a son who has been out of school for 2 YEARS! She was stating you MAY be able to go to private or parochial school. That IS an option if you want to drive out of state.

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MomOf2Girls

Jun-23-13 8:44 AM

Richard, the topic at hand is a medical exemption. No one is discussing anything else. A child's doctor should have the right to WRITE a medical exemption for their patient. Not just REQUEST one like Dr. Mercer chooses to make them do with his God Complex.

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kolleen

Jun-24-13 6:34 AM

Just out of curiosity...why didn't the boys doctor know there was an appeals process????? Why did the mom have to research it?

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AllegyMom

Jun-24-13 11:13 PM

The Health Department knew there was an appeal process and chose not to tell her.

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