Pro­tect your fam­ily by get­ting vac­ci­nated

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Rome, GA: North­west Ge­or­gians of all ages re­quire timely vac­ci­na­tions to pro­tect their health. “Vac­ci­na­tions are our best de­fense against vac­cine- pre­ventable dis­eases,” said Janet Eber­hart, im­mu­niza­tions co­or­di­na­tor for the ten- county pub­lic health dis­trict. “This Na­tional Im­mu­niza­tion Aware­ness Month, we urge par­ents to think ahead and get them­selves and their fam­i­lies up to date on their vac­ci­na­tions, es­pe­cially those re­quired school vac­ci­na­tions.”

Ev­ery adult in Ge­or­gia ( 19 years of age and older) should fol­low the rec­om­mended im­mu­niza­tion sched­ule by age and med­i­cal con­di­tion. Vac­ci­na­tions pro­tect you and they pro­tect oth­ers around you; es­pe­cially in­fants and those in­di­vid­u­als who are un­able to be im­mu­nized or who have weak­ened immune sys­tems.

It is al­ways a good idea to have the adult vac­cine sched­ule nearby as a ref­er­ence and to make sure you are cur­rent on your im­mu­niza­tions. This link is to the rec­om­mended adult im­mu­niza­tion sched­ule: https:// www. c d c . g o v / v a c c i n e s / sched­ules/ down­loads/ adult/ adultsched­ule- easy- read. pdf

Vac­cines pro­tect fam­i­lies, teens and chil­dren by pre­vent­ing disease. They help avoid ex­pen­sive ther­a­pies and hos­pi­tal­iza­tion needed to treat in­fec­tious dis­eases like in­fluenza and pneu­mo­coc­cal disease. Vac­ci­na­tions also re­duce ab­sences both at school and at work and de­crease the spread of ill­ness in the home, work­place and com­mu­nity.

For the 2018- 2019 sea­son, CDC rec­om­mends use of the flu shot ( in­ac­ti­vated vac­cine or IIV) and the re­com­bi­nant in­fluenza vac­cine (RIV) for ev­ery­one 6 months and older.

Stu­dents born on or after Jan­uary 1, 2002 and en­ter­ing the sev­en­th­grade need proof of an ado­les­cent per­tus­sis ( whoop­ing cough) booster and ado­les­cent meningo­coc­cal vac­ci­na­tions.

Ev­ery child in a Ge­or­gia school sys­tem ( Kin­der­garten- 12th grade), at­tend­ing a child care fa­cil­ity, or a new stu­dent of any age en­ter­ing a Ge­or­gia school for the first time is re­quired by law to have a Ge­or­gia Im­mu­niza­tion Cer­tifi­cate, Form 3231. Be­low are the im­mu­niza­tions re­quired for child care and school at­ten­dance: Diph­the­ria Tetanus Per­tus­sis Po­lio Measles PCV13 ( up to age 5 years) Mumps Rubella Hep­ati­tis A and B Hib disease ( up to age 5 years) Vari­cella Meningo­coc­cal Con­ju­gate This link is to the rec­om­mended im­mu­niza­tion sched­ules for chil­dren birth through six years: https:// www. c d c . g o v / v a c c i n e s / par­ents/ down­loads/ par­ent- ver- sch0- 6yrs. pdf

This link is to the rec­om­mended im­mu­niza­tion sched­ules for chil­dren birth to 15 months to 18 years : https:// www. cdc. gov/ vac­cines/ sched­ules/ hcp/ imz/ child- ado­les­cent. html

Some schools, col­leges, and uni­ver­si­ties have poli­cies re­quir­ing vac­ci­na­tion against meningo­coc­cal disease as a con­di­tion of en­roll­ment. Stu­dents aged 21 years or younger should have doc­u­men­ta­tion of re­ceipt of a dose of meningo­coc­cal con­ju­gate vac­cine not more than five years be­fore en­roll­ment. If the pri­mary dose was ad­min­is­tered be­fore their 16th birth­day, a booster dose should be ad­min­is­tered be­fore en­roll­ment in col­lege.

“The fo­cus of vac­ci­na­tions of­ten lies on young chil­dren, but it’s just as im­por­tant for teens, col­lege stu­dents and adults to stay cur­rent on their vac­ci­na­tions.” said Eber­hart.

Pro­tect your fam­ily by get­ting vac­ci­nated The Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health North­west Health Dis­trict re­minds adults to check with their health care provider for their cur­rent vac­ci­na­tion rec­om­men­da­tions as well as par­ents to check for their chil­dren. Safe and ef­fec­tive vac­cines are avail­able to pro­tect adults and chil­dren alike against po­ten­tially life- threat­en­ing dis­eases such as tetanus, diph­the­ria, per­tus­sis, meningo­coc­cal disease, hep­ati­tis A, hep­ati­tis B, shin­gles, measles, mumps, rubella and vari­cella ( chick­en­pox).

So, talk to your health care provider or visit your pub­lic health de­part­ment and get im­mu­nized to­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion on im­mu­niza­tion, visit http:// dph. ge­or­gia. gov/ im­mu­niza­tion- sec­tion.

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