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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Southwest Health District encourages parents and guardians to take advantage of their flexible summer schedules to get state-required vaccinations for their children now – and avoid the hassle and time-consuming delays that sometimes occur when the back-to-school rush begins.

"The State of Georgia has specific immunization requirements for all children entering our schools and daycare facilities," said Rebecca Snow, District Immunization Coordinator for Southwest Health District. "The vaccinations are for the protection of your children, other family members, classmates and staff they come into contact with and the community at large."

For information on age-specific vaccines, go to the Georgia Department of Public Health's Immunization web site.

 "Vaccinations can be administered by your county health department or by your private healthcare provider," Snow said. "The important thing to know is that vaccinations are considered to be the most successful and cost-effective public health tools parents can use to help protect their children against dangerous vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles, mumps, whooping cough and pneumonia."

According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, before the age of two, the 11,000 infants born in the United States daily will need to be immunized against 14 diseases.

 "Don't wait until the last minute to get your child vaccinated," Snow urged. "Take care of it now so that you will have your immunization records in order and one less thing to worry about when classes start. Your county health department will be happy to assist you if you have questions and to help ensure your child's immunization records are up-to-date."

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