The South Health District has the third highest rate of immunization in Georgia.
In the recent Georgia Immunization Study for 2003, the 10-county district had an immunization rate of 91.9 percent, an almost 10 percent increase above the 2002 study.
The North Health District (2-0) in Gainesville had the highest rate with 94.7 percent followed by South Central Health District (5-1) in Dublin with a rate of 93.3 percent. The Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, Epidemiology Branch, Immunization Program and Public Health Districts conducted the study that dealt with children aged two and younger.
Health departments and private providers contributed to the collaborative effort.
In a separate survey of children two and younger that received their health care services strictly through county health departments within the district, the immunizations scores were just as encouraging.
Three counties in the district had rates of 100 percent. Those were Cook, Echols and Lanier. The Lowndes County clinics in Lake Park and Hahira also had 100 percent immunization rates. Of the remaining counties, none had an immunization rate below 86 percent.
"Our goal is to continue increasing this number to make sure all of our children are properly immunized," said Dr. Lynne Feldman, District Health Director for the South Health District. "Infant immunization is a simple way to protect children from 11 potentially deadly infectious diseases."
The South Health District is composed of Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift and Turner. For information on immunizations, call 333-5290 or toll free at 866-801-5360.
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