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POSTED: February 25, 2009 9:41 a.m.
The Liberty County Health Department’s recent assessment of immunization rates revealed that 99 percent of kindergartners and 99 percent
of sixth-graders in Liberty County have complied with immunization standards.

Long County
The Long County Health Department’s recent assessment of immunization rates revealed that 99.5 percent of kindergartners and 99 percent of sixth-graders in Long County have complied with immunization standards.
The health department conducts an annual audit of immunization records for kindergarteners and sixth-graders as required by the state of Georgia. At least 90 percent of students reviewed must have valid certificates of immunization. Any school that fails to comply can be fined.
The ongoing endeavor to ensure that students are properly immunized is a collaborative effort between the health department and Long County school nurses.
 “We are fortunate in Long County to have school nurses that are committed to caring for the children while maintaining the highest standard of immunization documentation,” said Kathy Rowell, Long County Health Department nurse manager. “The partnership between the health department and our school nurses is excellent and we couldn’t be happier with the current immunization rates.”
 “Healthy communities begin with parents understanding the importance of getting their children immunized,” said Marianne Pappas, immunization coordinator for the Coastal Health District. “When a child becomes ill due to vaccine-preventable diseases, the entire community suffers. The Long County Health Department and school system should be commended for understanding the importance of immunizations and working diligently to keep the community healthy.”
For a complete list of kindergarten and sixth grade immunization rates in Long County, go to the Coastal Health District web site at www.gachd.org and click on “Immunizations and Vaccinations.”
 

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