Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week in Georgia

Snow says 11 year old children should receive vaccines for both meningitis and pertussis.

Photo: Kailey McCarthy

It's Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week here in the state of Georgia.

District Immunization Coordinator Rebecca Snow says this week is a good reminder to parents to get your children vaccinated.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health Rule, when a child turns 11 years old, they must have proof of vaccinations protecting them against meningitis and pertussis.

Snow recommends that preteens also receive their Human Papillomavirus Vaccine to protect against many different forms of cancer.

She says this week is a reminder to parents to get their children vaccinated by the start of next school year.

"Now's a good time to go ahead and get into the clinics or get into your doctor's office to get these vaccines completed. If you wait until the later summer months, its harder to get in or you have a longer waiting period," said Snow.

Snow adds, if you haven't gotten your flu shot, now is the perfect time to do so.

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