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Experts encourage immunizations before heading back to school

Health experts are reminding you to get all the required shots and screenings for your child before heading back to school./ Jazmyne Hankerson

Health experts are reminding you to get all the required shots and screenings for your child before heading back to school.

Dougherty County Health Department leaders say they have been very busy as the start of school is just days away.

Common shots for kids about to start school are ones that protect against things like measles and mumps.

Preteens often need updated or new shots too.

Beverly Reid, General Clinic Nurse Supervisor at the health department, said it is recommended for preteens to get the HPV vaccine.

She also said it’s important to make the appointment because shots aren’t only for the good of your child.

“Vaccines help protect us, they protect our community [and] they protect the world. It’s important that everybody get vaccinated” said Reid.

If you can’t afford shots for your child, Reid said the state sponsors certain shots for kids 18 and younger that the health department offers.

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