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Guest column/Proper immunizations protect children, community

August 5, 2012

As a member of the Steubenville Board of Health and a concerned grandfather and physician, I feel compelled to write a letter addressing a public health issue. I want to remind the community about the importance of staying current on both childhood and adult vaccinations. Whooping cough (pertussis) has been in the news a lot recently, as the number of people infected with this serious disease has risen dramatically in 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the number of cases could reach the highest level in more than 50 years.

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