Vaccinate children early - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Vaccinate children early

Vaccinate children early

Posted: Updated:

Health officials are encouraging parents to get state-required vaccinations for their children before the school year begins. New back-to-school requirements will impact 7th graders and newly enrolled students in grades 8 through 12.

Health officials encourage parents to take action now instead of waiting until the last minute.

"The main changes are the requirement now for the Tdap, which is a vaccine preventative for Pertussis, Tetanus and Diphtheria," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant, the Southwest Health District Health Director. Health officials say there have been outbreaks of Pertussis in multiple counties in the last several months.

For more information on age specific vaccinations, click on the link below.

http://dph.georgia.gov/immunization-section

Copyright 2014 WALB.  All rights reserved.