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Health officials to mark 20th anniversary of National Infant Immunization Week

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CHARLESTON, WV -
West Virginia health officials will mark the 20th anniversary of National Infant Immunization Week with an event in Charleston on Monday.

It's scheduled for 10 a.m. the Sacred Heart Day Care Center.   

The event is meant to raise awareness about how vaccinations can prevent disease outbreaks, like measles and whooping cough, in West Virginia.

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccines given to babies and young children over the past two decades will prevent more than 300 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.

Dr. Letitia Tierney, Commissioner and State Health Officer for the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health will lead Monday's discussion, along with a physician from the West Virginia University School of Medicine.

Jenny Murray from V100 Radio will also share her family's story after her daughter contracted whooping cough.