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Make sure your kids are immunized

April 25, 2006

Valdosta - It's National Infant Immunization Week, and health care professionals across country are working to make sure all kids are up to date on their shots.

The theme of this year's campaign is "Love them, protect them, immunize them." Children need more than 80 percent of their vaccinations in the first 24 months of life to protect them against most deadly diseases. But more than 900,000 infants in the U.S. aren't fully immunized.

"Those immunizations protect them from 13 different diseases that we no longer remember becuase they've become obsolete because of the immunizations we can provide to children," said Dr. Lynne Feldman, Director of the South Health District.

Georgia has an immunization rate of 81 percent.  The South Health District is ahead of that curve with an immunization rate of 89 percent.



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