Posted on: July 14, 2015
First Lady Sandra Deal visited the Northside Hospital Women’s Center on Monday, July 13, as part of her statewide tour of Georgia hospitals to discuss the importance of childhood immunizations with new mothers and fathers.
More babies are born at Atlanta’s Northside Hospital than at any other hospital in the United States. At Northside, First Lady Deal made personal visits to several families, who had delivered over the weekend, offering each a free Hallmark immunization card to aid them in keeping their new baby’s immunization records organized. The pocket-sized card allows parents to keep their child’s immunization records in their wallet, where they are easily accessible during school or athletics registration, and doctor’s appointments.
“If you have this piece in your wallet, the nurse or you can write that down,” Deal said. “We want the child to be immunized properly and this little piece of paper helps with that.”
Cindy Gambon, operations manager for Northside Hospital’s Family Centered Care, said it’s important to talk about immunization because it can keep babies and the general population healthy.
“The benefits of immunizations last for most of their lives and they can prevent very devastating illnesses from occurring,” Gambon said. “It’s important to follow your doctor’s advice and get the immunizations that they are asking of you and recommending for your baby.”
First Lady Deal’s tour of Georgia hospitals is a part of the Georgia Children’s Cabinet’s campaign for Immunization Awareness month, which promotes protecting the health and safety of all Georgia Children. For more information, visit children.georgia.gov.
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