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Preteens Need to Stay Up to Date on All Recommended Vaccines 

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The Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week is an annual observance aimed to help raise awareness and encourage preteens to make smart, healthy choices including defending themselves against vaccine-preventable diseases. Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness through schools, health care providers and the media about preteen immunizations, particularly Georgia’s pertussis and meningococcal requirements for incoming seventh-grade students.

CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that 11 and 12-year- olds receive Tdap, MenACWY, HPV vaccine, and an annual flu vaccine. Some preteens may also need to catch up on other immunizations, including chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), hepatitis B, and COVID-19.

In an effort to keep every adult and child safe, please join the Georgia Department of Public Health in recognizing March 13-17, 2023, as Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week. This week serves as a reminder for parents to talk with their preteens and teens about getting immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Facts About Preteen Vaccine and Awareness for Georgians

group childrenFor preteens:

  • Getting shots may sting a little, but it is much better than getting sick. Immunizations will help you stay healthy so you can do the things you love instead of being sick in bed.
  • It is very important for you to get your shots because you can spread diseases to others, even before you feel sick. If you get your shots, you will also help keep your friends, family, and school healthy.
  • Vaccines are available at our Public Health Departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield counties.


We Are ClosedDalton, GA – The MAKO Medical Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing site at Pleasant Grove Park in Dalton, GA is temporarily closed today, Thursday, March 9, and tomorrow, Friday, March 10. All updates will be posted HERE on the North Georgia Health District website.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                               
Feb. 22, 2023
Plant-Based Enfamil Infant Formula
Recalled Due to Health Concerns

ATLANTA – Reckitt, one of the main formula manufacturers in the U.S., is recalling two batches of Enfamil ProSobee Simply Plant-Based Infant Formula because of possible cross-contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria. To date, no illnesses or adverse events have been reported.

ProSobee Simply Plant-Based Infant Formula in 12.9 oz containers was manufactured between August 2022 and September 2022. The batches in question can be identified by the number on the bottom of the can. Recalled product batches are ZL2HZF and ZL2HZZ, both with a UPC code of 300871214415 and a “Use by Date” of “1 Mar 2024.” The products were distributed through retail stores in the U.S., Guam, and Puerto Rico.

This formula recall affects about 2,200 Georgia WIC families. WIC participants and caregivers of infants who have purchased this product should contact Reckitt at 1-800-479-0551 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Products identified as part of this recall may be returned to a WIC clinic for replacement benefits. Participants also have the option to return recalled containers of formula to the place of purchase for an exchange or refund.  The alternative available for GA WIC participants is the 20.9 oz size of the Enfamil ProSobee Simply Plant-Based Infant formula, which was not impacted by the voluntary recall.

Parents and caregivers of infants who have used this product and are concerned about the health of their child should contact their pediatrician or healthcare provider. To date, Reckitt/Mead Johnson indicates the batches in question have tested negative for Cronobacter and other bacteria. 

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Nancy Nydam
Director of Communications
Georgia Department of Public Health
2 Peachtree Street, N.E., 15th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 657-2462
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