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Disease prevention stressed during immunization week

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

The importance of immunizations and their impact are the focus during National Infant Immunization Week, which runs from April 20-27.

The Coastal Health District recognizes the week to help lower risk of disease in children.

Last year, more than 100,000 people total from Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties were immunized, according to the Coastal Health District.

Vaccines help prevent children from getting diseases such as hepatitis A and B, polio, varicella (chicken pox), measles, mumps, and rubella.

Most childhood vaccines produce immunity 90 percent to 100 percent of the time and by age 2, a child should be current with their first series of infant immunizations, according to the Coastal Health District.

 "The bottom line is that getting children vaccinated is the best way to keep them from getting sick from diseases that we know we can prevent," said Coastal Health District Immunization Coordinator Beth Hausauer in a statement. "We take time out to celebrate National Infant Immunization Week but in our health departments we promote the importance of immunizations every single day." 

For immunizations schedules from the Coastal Health District, click on Immunizations and Vaccinations under the Quick Links menu at www.gachd.org.

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