Public Health: Don't wait, get your vaccinations now

By Roslyn Giles

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- The Columbus Department of Public Health is sending a message to parents.  Avoid the vaccination back to school rush by getting your child's shot records updated now.  Nurses said the clinic is normally swamped with students just days before school resumes in Muscogee County.  "There are long lines, people have to wait awhile before they can be seen because there are so many here," added Jay Jay Brown, LPN.

Trey Turner, a Shaw High School senior learned the lesson years ago when his older brother waited until the last minute to get his vaccinations. "I didn't want to wait around. I came here with my brother and we had to wait for 30 to 45 minutes. So if you come on in, you can get it done quicker," said Trey.

Turner bugged his mother about taking him to get the required shots to attend college. "It wasn't my idea; he really wanted to get it out of the way," explained Jamille Turner.

While immunization shots for Hepatitis B, Polo or Measles, Mumps and Rubella are important, health experts also stressed the importance of protecting yourself against Pertussis.  "It's commonly known as the whooping cough.  Most children receive a booster dose between the ages of 4 and 6. New guidelines now allow adolescent and older adults to receive the vaccine as well," said Brown.

Children 11 Years old and up can get the Pertussis shot. The clinic is open M-F, 8AM to 5PM. No appointment is necessary.