Susan G. Komen Hands Out This Year's Grant Money To Several Organizations

- Fundraising efforts for Arkansas' Susan G. Komen is paying off.

The organization handed out this year's grant money to the hospitals, programs and organizations it supports.

Many of the grant recipients came to a luncheon to pick up the checks.

Money that will help them continue providing mammograms and breast health awareness programs around the state. 

In addition to that, Komen board members handed out awards to those who've helped raised awareness of breast health and mammograms.

I'm pleased to say, i was selected as a member of the Pink Ribbon Society.

I am truly honored to have been chosen.

To date, Komen has pumped in 19.5 million dollars to breast health programs in the state and overall cancer research.

In other health news, the Arkansas Department of Health announcing changes  to school immunization requirements.

Children who will be 11 years or older, on or before September first of each school year, will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas.

Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another.

Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering grade 7.

The purpose of this change is to better protect  children in the age groups with the highest rates of pertussis also known as whooping cough.

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