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Health officials: Don't wait on back-to-school immunizations

Students need certain vaccines before entering school (Source: WALB) Students need certain vaccines before entering school (Source: WALB)
The health department clinic gets busy in the days before school (Source: WALB) The health department clinic gets busy in the days before school (Source: WALB)
The Dougherty County health department recently changed their hours (Source: WALB) The Dougherty County health department recently changed their hours (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Health officials are reminding parents to get their children vaccinated before the new school year.

Georgia requires students to have certain vaccines before they start school.

The big focus is on children entering pre-K or kindergarten and preteens going into the 7th grade.

Nursing coordinator Beverly Reid says things can get busy at the Dougherty County health department in the days before a new school year.

She recommends parents avoid waiting until the last minute.

"Please come now. Because if you don't come now, you're going to wait," said Beverly Reid, nursing coordinator for the immunizations department.

The health department recently changed their hours. They're now open earlier at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Reid said they also accept most major insurance plans and have state supplied vaccinations for those who can't afford them.

"So again, there's no reason not to bring your child to get their vaccines because the vaccines are here and there is a way we can get your child vaccinated," she said.

Parents can find a list of required vaccinations here.

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