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Immunizations

Immunizations are an important part of keeping yourself and your family health.

Vaccination is considered one of the greatest public health achievements in history. Vaccines are responsible for eliminating Smallpox and drastically reducing other vaccine-preventable diseases, such as Polio, Measles, Rubella and Tetanus, just to name a few. This is truly a great accomplishment considering that many vaccine-preventable diseases are especially dangerous, if not deadly, to pregnant women, infants and children. Although vaccines have drastically reduced the occurrence of these dangerous diseases, this doesn’t mean that they’ve been eliminated. Vaccine-preventable diseases can return to our area when people stop vaccinating. In fact, in the past few years, the U.S. has experienced a resurgence of Whooping Cough (Pertussis) and Measles, primarily in people who have not been vaccinated.

Immunizations are recommended throughout the lifespan, from infancy through adulthood.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is a group of medical and public health experts that develops recommendations on how to use vaccines to control diseases in the United States. The recommendations stand as public health advice that will result in a reduction in the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases.

The ACIP has developed immunization recommendations for children, adolescents, and adults. Visit these links to learn more about the immunizations recommended for you and your family.

Immunizations also play an important role in preparing young children to start school. Please click here for the WV Department of Education's School Readiness brochure. 

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02/19/2018 Registration Open for Free CE Course for Oral Health Providers This course will focus on HPV infection, precancers, cancer, vaccination and early detection in the morning and will cover the oral effects of drugs and other substances in the afternoon. It will take place on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 8:30am to 3:00pm [More]
02/08/2018 Apply now for Take Your Best Shot (TYBS): Adolescent Immunization Pay for Success The WV Immunization Network has revised TYBS into a Pay for Success (PFS) pilot project linking funding to performance in increasing immunization rates for influenza, HPV and Men B. The PFS strategy will ensure that high-quality, effective immunization s [More]
06/21/2018 2018 West Virginia Immunization Summit held in conjunction with the KidStrong Conference, June 21 and 22, Charleston Civic Center. [More]
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