As School Gets Back in Swing, Parents Are Reminded to Get Students Vaccinated

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

As school bells start tolling, parents are strolling with their kids to the doctor.

The State of Georgia requires that all public school students be up-to-date with their shots, to keep a lid on the spread of preventable diseases.

Nurse Tiann Taylor says a number of diseases can be prevented through vaccination, including chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and meningitis.

WCTV caught up with mother of two, Jennifer Dyson, at the Health Department.

Dyson was picking up forms to get her three-year-old enrolled in school in Thomasville.

She says the time it takes to keep her sons up-to-date with their immunizations is 'well worth it.'

Explains Dyson, "Once they're enrolled in school they're around a lot more germs, so it's a protection factor for me, just making sure they're current on their shots."

Parents with children who get immunized will receive a form to keep all the shots organized, making it easier each year to get your child enrolled in school.

The Thomas County Health Department says kids need fewer shots as they get older.

A list of vaccines required by school systems across the Peach State is available at your local health department.

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