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WV DHHR Highlights National Infant Immunization Week

4/28/2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In recognition of National Infant Immunization Week April 26 to May 3, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Division of Immunization Services highlighted the importance of infant immunizations in West Virginia today with a visit to a Charleston day care center.

Each year, thousands of children become ill from diseases that could have been prevented by basic childhood immunizations. Countless more miss time from day care and school because they are under-immunized.

Dr. Letitia Tierney, Commissioner and State Health Officer for the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, visited Sacred Heart Early Learning Center in Charleston this morning to bring awareness about vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. Joining her was Dr. Raheel Khan, Chapter President, West Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and V-100 radio personality Jenny Murray, whose daughter contracted whooping cough, also known as pertussis, as an infant. To read more, click here.  

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