ST. CLOUD - State and local officials joined with parents to spread the word on the importance of childhood immunizations today.

The Minnesota Department of Health's program, held at CentraCare Health Plaza this morning, gave parents like Shannon Duffy the chance to share stories highlighting the importance of vaccinating children against seemingly harmless illnesses like the Chicken Pox.

The program was part of National Infant Immunization Week in Minnesota, which continues through next Saturday, April 30th.