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Chehaw hosts 'Building Bridges: A Community Affair'

Larry Pickering

Larry Pickering

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Chehaw Creekside Education Center hosted an immunization conference Tuesday dubbed "Building Bridges: A Community Affair."

The event included lectures on vaccine safety and hesitancy, vaccine coding and billing as well as policy and procedures in school and daycare settings.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Larry Pickering, senior advisor to the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"None of us like to see either our children or any child ill from an infectious disease," Pickering said in a statement. "In the last 10 to 20 years, there has been a plethora of immunizations that have been developed that have prevented thousands of deaths in this country and throughout the world."

The conference closed with a session on how to continue partnerships in the community by Angie Barber, director for the Phoebe Network of Trust. Officials from the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Department of Public Health as well as a clinical instructor from the University of South Florida were also in attendance.

Officials say the event is a collaborative effort to educate and coordinate immunization providers in Southwest Georgia in both the public and private sectors with the most up-to-date information, and advise on schedules and strategies necessary to insure all Georgians are adequately immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.

The event was open to hospital personnel; school nurses; those working in pediatrics, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology and internal medicine as well as public health officials.

It was sponsored by Phoebe Network of Trust in conjunction with the Southwest Public Health District, Georgia Public Health Association Epidemiology Division, Georgia Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics and the Georgia Immunization Program.