The West Virginia Immunization Network recognized people who have devoted themselves to improving the health of those across the Mountain State.
The group held its Eight Annual Awards Dinner Wednesday at the Culture Center in Charleston.
Dr. Gary Marshall, the author of, The Vaccine Handbook, delivered the keynote address.
He focused on why people are hesitant to get recommended vaccines.
Angela Parker, a mother and teacher from Monroe County, talked about the importance of vaccinating children like her son.
Parker's son has leukemia and is undergoing chemotherapy.
She said it's crucial to his survival that other kids receive vaccinations so as not to spread dangerous bugs.
"To protect children like my son Brycen, who cant speak for himself," Parker said. "I'm speaking for children like him. Also as a school teacher, the kids in the classroom, they share everything, not just pencil, paper, textbooks...they share their germs."