First Lady Sandra Deal and the Governor’s Office for Children and Families Executive Director Katie Jo Ballard dedicated time promoting the Georgia Children’s Cabinet July Immunization Awareness Month. On July 19th, Mrs. Deal and Mrs. Ballard traveled to Southeast Georgia to speak to hospital personnel, patients, and their families about the importance of making sure parents have their children immunized in order to stay healthy. Mrs. Deal also presented new mothers with a Georgia Children’s Cabinet immunization card made by Hallmark that allows families to keep track of their children’s immunizations. She was joined by local senators and representatives throughout her visits. They visited three hospitals in the Southeast Georgia region that give out the immunization cards to all of their new mothers including the Winn Army Hospital in Fort Stewart, Wayne Memorial hospital in Jesup, and Bacon County Hospital in Alma.
Local media offered their full support to the First Lady’s efforts of continuing to educate the public on child immunization. Jesup’s local newspaper, The Press Sentinel, ran an editorial on Mrs. Deal’s visit saying “the First Lady is to be commended for reminding us of the need and providing an easy way to do so.”
Mrs. Deal was also featured on a local radio station about her work with the Georgia Children’s Cabinet to help get parents to immunize their children.