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Parish Health Units Could Stop Giving Children’s Vaccinations

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If the state legislature goes along with a proposed change in the health department’s budget, parish health units would stop giving vaccinations under the “Vaccines for Children” program.

That would force parents to take their children to private doctors who participate in the program or to “Shots for Tots.”  And the head of the pediatrics department at LSU Health-Shreveport says it could have an impact there, as well.  Doctor Joseph Bocchini says, right now, about eight percent of Louisiana children still get their vaccinations from parish health units. If the change is approved, it would take effect July first.

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