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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Cast a vote, get a shot.  It's no punishment, but a way to keep you and others around you healthy.

This week, during early voting, the Dougherty County Health Department is offering free D-TAP shots, which includes vaccines for Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis to voters ages 18-64, or pneumonia vaccines to those 65 and older.  Each free shot can save you more than $50, and save you from getting or giving a dangerous disease.

LPN Suzette Profit said, "We definitely want more people to take advantage of the TDAP, because Southwest Georgia do have some active Pertussis cases."

Pertussis, better known as whooping cough, is most dangerous for babies who aren't old enough to be fully immunized.  It's transmitted by adults who are not vaccinated.

If you don't vote this week, you can get a certificate at your voting precinct next Tuesday, during the primary.

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