the necessary information so that they can make responsible immunization decisions for their children (McKee & Bohannon, 2016). It would also be an opportunity to dispel any myths or misunderstandings they might have about vaccinations. Refusal is oftentimes based on inaccurate information or lack of understanding of the safety and efficacy of vaccines (Hendrix et. al., 2016). Furthermore, many parents lack basic knowledge of how vaccines work, as well as access to accurate information explaining the importance of the process (Hussain et. al., 2018). To combat the anti-vaccination movement, there must be a strong emphasis on helping parents develop trust in health professionals and relevant authorities, educating them on the facts and figures, debunking the myths peddled by the anti-vaccination movements (Hussain et. al., 2018). State and local requirements for vaccine for children entering school should also be a part of the discussion. West Virginia law does not allow for nonmedical exemptions, therefore, the child may not be allowed in public school if for a nonmedical reason. Requests for exemptions must be based on current standards of immunization practice and include the following information: the vaccine(s) being exempted, the specific medical reason for the exemption, whether the
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