Vaccinate Before You Graduate program launching on Wednesday


A new program is starting today that intends to highlight the need for high school students to get vaccinated during those formative years. 

According to the Ehrhardt Group, this program highlights “school and job requirements, health benefits and cost-savings of getting immunized against dangerous diseases before graduating from high school.”

First Lady Donna Edwards is joining these individuals at today’s event:

  • Dr. Rebekah Gee, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health
  • Stacy Hall, Immunization Program Director, Louisiana Office of Public Health
  • Dr. Joseph Bocchini, Pediatric Infectious Disease, LSU Health Shreveport
  • Jeri Acosta, Mother of son who passed during ULL Meningitis outbreak

The Ehrhardt Group said, “during the press conference, attendees can learn more about which vaccinations are most important to this age group and know where students can receive these vaccinations, often at no out-of-pocket cost.”

VBYG Coalition Members, the Louisiana Shots for Tots Coalition and the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics are also scheduled to attend today’s news conference which runs from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Governor’s Mansion.

The Governor’s Mansion is located at 1001 Capitol Access Rd.

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