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Scout advocates for immunizations

Posted: December 26, 2012 - 12:06am
Eagle Scout C.B. Wren talks to the South Augusta Rotary Club about immunizations.  NIKASHA DICKS/STAFF
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Eagle Scout C.B. Wren talks to the South Augusta Rotary Club about immunizations.

C.B. Wren wanted to do something different in his quest to earn his Eagle Scout.

“I’ve seen people get their Eagle from building something,” he said. “I wanted to do something different. I wanted to help people.”

C.B., a member of Troop 7 of the Georgia-Carolina Council of Boy Scouts of America, decided to educate the public about the importance of immunizations. He was promoted to Eagle Scout on Nov. 28.

The 15-year-old has given a number of presentations on the topic including to the South Augusta Rotary Club and nursing staffs at the Richmond County Health Department on Laney Walker Boulevard in Augusta and the East Central Health District of Georgia.

His presentation includes information on diseases for which vaccinations are recommended, such as diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, meningococcal disease, whooping cough, chicken pox, tetanus and German measles.

He also shares images,
discusses the consequences of not getting vaccinations, and addresses more controversial topics such as whether there is a connection between vaccinations and autism.

“I wanted to provide as much information as possible,” he said. “I also wanted to discuss some myths.”

It took C.B. a couple of months to do extensive research for the presentation, he said. The presentations also gave him the opportunity to work on skills such as public speaking.

“I’m more comfortable speaking in front of people now,” he said.

He hopes his presentations will leave a lasting impression on the importance of immunizations.

“I want people to share the information with others,” he said. “That’s how we can make an impact and make a difference.”

For more information on C.B.’s immunization advocacy efforts, visit his Facebook page, Operation Immunization Initiative-Rackley-CB-Wren’s Eagle Scout Project.

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