Columbus Health Dept. reminds parents of infant immunizations

Columbus Health Dept. reminds parents of infant immunizations
Updated: Apr. 24, 2018 at 6:16 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - This week marked National Infant Immunization Week and the Columbus Health Department is urging parents to make sure their children's shots are up to date.

National Infant Immunization Week began Saturday and will last until April 28. Health officials with the West Central Health District say infants and children can be protected from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases by age two if they follow the current immunization schedule.

"The National Infant Immunization Week really spotlights getting children in and getting them vaccinated to help them have a healthy start so that we can keep these diseases down that are starting to make a comeback, says Valerie Scruggs Proffitt, a public health nurse specialist.

Proffitt says no appointment is necessary to get vaccinated at the health department.

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