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Healthbeat: Vaccines are worth the cost

Many vaccines are available at the Dougherty Co. Health Department. (Source:WALB) Many vaccines are available at the Dougherty Co. Health Department. (Source:WALB)
The HPV vaccine could prevent cancer among young people. (Source:WALB) The HPV vaccine could prevent cancer among young people. (Source:WALB)
Beverly Reid, Immunization Coordinator (Source:WALB) Beverly Reid, Immunization Coordinator (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As the new school year approaches, many students are getting their required vaccines.

Recent studies have found new information regarding certain immunizations, like the Human Papillomavirus vaccine.

The newest HPV shot not only prevents sexually transmitted diseases, but also fights off certain types of cancer among young people.

Beverly Reid, an immunization coordinator for the Dougherty County Health Department, stresses the importance of people being educated on vaccines.  The immunization coordinator noted that some parents might not feel comfortable with immunizing their children. "I understand the hesitancy about HPV vaccine, but I invite all of my patients to talk to me and call me," Reid said.

The immunization coordinator mentioned that she’s willing to speak in front of churches and other organizations about the importance of vaccines. "It is that important. Anything that can prevent cancer, why not take advantage of it," Reid added.

According to Reid, the HPV vaccine must be given to young adults before they reach a certain age. Girls need to have the shot by the time they’re 26-years-old. Men must receive the immunization before they’re 24-years-old.

The vaccine is available at the Dougherty County Health Department for $21.93, but don’t let the price stop you.

"Times are hard. Coming up with $21.93 for a young person who has to choose between that and maybe [it] going towards their college loan, rent, or something like that. We understand, so we will work with you," Reid said.

The HPV vaccine is one that is recommended by the state, but is not required for students going to school.

The immunization coordinator can be reached by calling the Dougherty County Health Department at (229) 430-6200.

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