Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

This week is being observed by the Georgia Department of Public Health as Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week.  The observation is being made statewide to serve as a reminder for parents to talk with their preteens (and teens) about getting immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Janet Eberhart, Immunization Coordinator for the DPH’s Northwest Health District, urges parents to check with their doctor to find out the appropriate vaccinations for their children (based on age).

Preteens and teens lead busy lives and can easily put off going to the doctor, adds Eberhart.  But, she says, staying updated on the necessary vaccines now will lead to a healthier life (hopefully) into adulthood.

For more information about Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week, call the Floyd County Health Department at (706) 295-6123.

In other news from the Georgia Department of Public Health, March is once again being observed this year as National Kidney Kidney Month.  More than 30 million Americans suffer from kidney disease, according to a release from the department. Additional information about kidney disease is available on the National Kidney Foundation’s website at

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