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WV physicians urge infant immunizations


Charleston Daily Mail
By Whitney Burdette
April 28, 2010

Although the majority of West Virginia’s school-aged children are immunized against communicable diseases, many of the state’s infants remain at risk.

That is the message physicians participating in Infant Immunization Week want to get across. They say although kids entering school must be up-to-date on their shots, infants and toddlers must receive vaccinations on time to prevent contracting potentially deadly illnesses such as pertussis or mumps.

“The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health feels strongly we use this week, the 20th anniversary of Infant Immunization Week, to remind all citizens of West Virginia and our immunization health care providers that timely, age-appropriate vaccinations protect children,” said Dr. Loretta Haddy, speaking on behalf of State Health Officer Dr. Letitia Tierney.

Haddy said West Virginia has among the highest number of vaccinated school-aged children across the country, but the second-lowest rate of vaccinated children under the age of 2. Although those children do eventually receive their immunizations, delaying the shots isn’t a good course of action, she said. To read more, click here.

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