CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) joins partners across the country to celebrate and recognize National Infant Immunization Week, April 24 to 30, 2022. This annual observance highlights the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year’s priority is ensuring families stay on track for routine checkups and vaccinations following disruptions from COVID-19.
“Childhood immunization is critical to combatting potentially life-threatening, vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Dr. Ayne Amjad, State Health Officer and Commissioner for DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health. “National Infant Immunization Week serves as a reminder to schedule immunization checkups to help protect the health of this vulnerable population.”
There are 14 vaccine preventable diseases that children can be protected from before the age of two: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Influenza, Measles, Rotavirus, Haemophilus Influenzae type B, Tetanus (Lockjaw), Mumps, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Pneumococcal Disease, Polio, Rubella (German Measles) and Varicella (Chickenpox).
The West Virginia Vaccines for Children (VFC) program provides vaccines at no cost to children up to age 19 who are underinsured or whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them. VFC coverage includes the seasonal flu and COVID-19 vaccines, as well as age-appropriate boosters, HPV and vaccines required for child care, school entry and at grades seven and 12.
For more information on how vaccinations can protect your family, please contact the West Virginia Division of Immunization Services at (304) 558-2188. You can also find immunization information and vaccine schedules at https://oeps.wv.gov/immunizations.