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Local counties observe National Adult Immunization Week
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Local counties observe National Adult Immunization Week

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – If you thought getting your dreaded “shots” ended with your childhood. Think again. National Adult Immunization Week starts on September 19 and Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale Counties are partaking in the vaccine fun.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “adults remain largely unvaccinated against preventable infectious illnesses.”

 “By not getting vaccinated as recommended, adults are leaving themselves needlessly vulnerable to illness and potentially spreading vaccine-preventable diseases such as pertussis (whooping cough) to their friends, family and colleagues,” stated Lloyd Hofer, M.D., M.P.H., District Health Director for Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale Counties.

Safe and effective vaccines are available to protect adults and children alike against potentially life-threatening diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria, meningococcal disease, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, shingles, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox). 

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