Posted on: July 23, 2015
Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal and Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), visited Northside Hospital-Cherokee on Wednesday, July 22, as part of a statewide tour of Georgia hospitals to discuss the importance of childhood immunizations with new parents.
Mrs. Deal and Dr. Fitzgerald made personal visits to two families, who had just delivered at Northside, 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.”
Suzanne Jones, manager for Northside Hospital-Cherokee Women’s Services, said that the First Lady’s initiative coincides perfectly with the hospital’s commitment to mothers and babies.
“Immunizations keep babies and the general population healthy,” said Jones. “The colostrum in a mother’s milk often is considered baby’s first immunization.”
The First Lady’s tour 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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