LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - The Lowndes County Health Department is urging everyone to make sure their kids are up-to-date on their vaccinations.
This week is National Infant Immunization Week.
The CDC said more than 700 measles cases have now been reported across the country this year.
Many are attributing the outbreak to the unvaccinated population.
Public Health Expert Kenneth Lowery said that vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available.
Lowery also said that vaccines are important for keeping specific illnesses out of the community, such as hepatitis B, measles, mumps and the chicken pox. He said all of these diseases can have severe effects on children.
“To build up their immunity against these particular illnesses, it’s important at a younger age that we introduce these vaccines. We can build their immunity, they can fight off these infections later on in life," said Lowery.
Lowery said side effects of vaccines are rare. He suggests consulting your doctor about what is right for your child.