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New shipment of chicken pox vaccine

August 1, 2007

Albany--  New shipments of the chicken pox vaccine arrived in South Georgia just in time for students who need the shot to return to school.

There's a nationwide shortage of the varicella vaccine due to a change in manufacturers. This year, children entering kindergarten, sixth grade or those attending school in Georgia for the first time are required to get the vaccine.

Last month there was a rush to get the vaccines which caused many South Georgia counties to run out. Tuesday, health departments got some much needed shipments.

"The majority of our counties now have sufficient doses with the exception of two. Right now I have that Worth and Decatur did not receive their shipment but probably by tomorrow they will," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant.

The Dougherty County Health Department will hold an immunization clinic this Saturday. From 12 to 4, children can receive their immunizations along with dental, hearing and vision screenings.

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