Doctors urge parents to get kids immunized

LAWRENCEVILLE — This week is National Infant Immunizations Week, and doctors urge parents to become aware of the need for immunization and to make sure their children's shots are up-to-date.

"Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death," said Suleima Salgado, an East Metro Health District spokeswoman. "Vaccines also help protect the entire communities by reducing the spread of infectious diseases."

Children, Salgado said, can be protected from more vaccine-preventable diseases than ever before. The East Metro Health District covers Gwinnett, Rockdale and Newton counties.

"National Infant Immunizations Week provides a valuable opportunity for our community to tell people how important it is for children to be vaccinated," said Gloria Melvin, the district's immunizations coordinator.