Public Health officials encouraging parents to get kids immunized before school starts

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(MOULTRIE, GA) – With every school system in Southwest Georgia opting to move the first day of classes to mid-August at the earliest, public health officials are encouraging parents to do one thing before that start date:getting their kids caught up on immunizations.

“We still have to ensure that children and individuals in our community are immunized. So our goal is to ensure that the community and the students are protected against vaccine preventable diseases,” says Southwest Georgia Department of Public Health Immunization Coordinator, Nikki Wilson

With the increased precautions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials, and school officials are taking every step to make sure that students and faculty are kept safe.

But due to the pandemic, immunization numbers for children across the nation are lower than previous years.

Wilson tells us, “People were, you know, hesitant to come out, and didn’t really want to bring their children out. But now what we’re doing is we’re trying to spread the message of wanting to create a safe environment.”

As such, the Department of Public Health is taking several measures to guarantee as little contact as possible between different families coming in.

“We are trying to socially distance in our lobbies, as much as possible, and having time between each patient to clean the area. So we just want parents to realize that we are doing everything we can in creating a safe environment,” says Wilson.

With at least a couple more weeks tacked on for local school systems, public health officials are encouraging parents that it is safe to get their children in for immunizations before school starts.

To schedule an appointment for immunizations with your county’s Department of Public Health, you can contact each one on the Department of Public Health’s website.