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Health department helps out parents

Felica Swanigan's daughter, Kayla, just moved from Indiana and is entering the sixth grade.

Kayla needs vaccinations for school and Felica is taking advantage of the Dougherty County Health Department being open on Saturday.

"Well it's very important to me because for one, I'm a full time mother and I work full-time. This was very convenient instead of having to take time off from work and our busy schedules. It fits in perfect for our Saturday. Instead of going shopping you can get your business taken care of," said Swanigan.

Kayla received her Human Papillomavirus shot just in time for school.

Not only did Felica want to go ahead and get the shot out of the way and beat the back to school rush, she knows of a friend around Kayla's age who's been diagnosed with cervical cancer.

"We found out that she's very young and she has cervical cancer so if I can prevent anything from my child suffering then why not," said Swanigan.

Immunization coordinator Suzette Profit says she wishes more people were like Felica and took advantage of the health department's service.

She says waiting until the last minute is not a good idea.

"If you wait until the last minute the wait time will be longer and then everybody is frustrated. Some people just leave without getting the vaccines and then when you get to the school the child still has to be turned around because immunizations are required to enter the school setting," said Profit.

Felica and Kayla are just happy this process is done. Now they can focus on more important things.

"We're ready to win some spelling bees and awards, some track and volleyball and science. Yes we're ready," said Swanigan.

The Dougherty County Department of Health is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8am to 5pm and Wednesdays from 7:30am to 6pm.

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