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The West Virginia Immunization Network (WIN) is seeking organizations and individuals to sponsor, advertise, and/or exhibit at the Ninth Annual West Virginia Immunization Summit, to be held June 13-14, 2019 at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston.

For more information visit wvruralhealth.org.

The Tenth Annual West Virginia Immunization Summit will be an action-oriented event targeted toward a wide variety of both public and private organizations with an interest in addressing and resolving immunization issues in West Virginia.

Issues to be addressed include:

  • Childhood Immunization
  • Health Communication
  • Adolescent Immunization
  • HPV and Associated Cancers
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Adult Immunization
  • Evidence-Based Strategies for Improving Immunization Rates.

WIN envisions a future in which all West Virginian’s will be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases across the lifespan.

This week a bill was introduced in the West Virginia Legislature that would allow parents not to immunize their children because of their religious beliefs.

The Vaccine Exemption Bill – House Bill 2847 – was introduced by Delegate Eric Porterfield (Mercer) with co-sponsors Delegate Tom Fast (Fayette), Delegate Joe Jeffries (Putnam) and Delegate Tony Paynter (Wyoming).

At the same time that these West Virginia lawmakers are considering loosening vaccination requirements – against the broad consensus of doctors and health professionals – a measles outbreak in Washington, Texas and other states has sickened many children between the ages of 1 and 10.

Opponents of loosening vaccination requirements in West Virginia are urging locals to contact the sponsors and the members of the House Health and Human Resources to alert them of your concerns.

Information about the bill and sponsors can be found here.

 

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