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Immunization Greeting Cards Now Available in Georgia

Commissioner L. Gale Buckner is pleased to announce the Department of Juvenile Justice is partnering with the Georgia Children’s Cabinet on another lifesaving project to reduce the number of infant deaths in this state by raising awareness of some important preventative measures to be taken by parents, grandparents and caregivers. 

Under the leadership of Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal, the Georgia Children’s Cabinet has asked DJJ for help to spread the word about immunizing newborns as one of the best ways to protect the health of infants and to ensure all Georgia babies will be given an opportunity for a safe and healthy life.

Starting today, DJJ will begin the distribution of free greeting cards to welcome new babies, congratulate their parents, and remind their caregivers to immunize their infants.  The decorative cards feature a congratulatory message from the Governor and Mrs. Deal and include a detachable Growth Chart and Immunization Record to help new parents remember all the immunizations required before babies are even two months old.

The list of immunizations shown on the card is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

The cards are free because they are donated to the state of Georgia by the Hallmark Card company as part of their “For America’s Babies” program.  Hallmark is committed to encouraging childhood immunizations and made the donation as part of a national effort to help protect the health of our youngest citizens.  The message from the Governor and Mrs. Deal on each card reminds new parents and grandparents that “each life is precious”.

DJJ will kick-off this awareness campaign by making the free cards available at Central Office in a display on the table next to the elevators in the front lobby.   If you know some new or expecting parents, please take a moment and take a free card home for them or download the card directly at:

http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/safesleep/hallmarkimmunizationcardgcc2012.pdf

At the Department of Juvenile Justice, Commissioner L. Gale Buckner joins Georgia’s First Lady in her work to protect children, our most precious asset.