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Health Department offers back-to-school immunizations

July 5, 2007
District Health Press Release

The Dougherty County Health Department is urging parents to take advantage of special weekend immunization clinics for children who need up-to-date vaccinations to attend school this fall.

"We will be holding immunization clinics on Saturday, July 21, and again on Saturday, August 4," said Cheryl Henley, the health department director. "Parents who bring their children then will avoid waiting in the long lines that we typically see during the last-minute back-to-school rush."

Hours of the Saturday clinics will be from noon until 4 p.m., she said. In addition, the health department will be offering eye, ear and dental screenings during the weekend clinics. Parents should bring photo identification and vaccination records with them to the clinics.

Henley noted that Georgia's new immunization requirements became effective July 1.

Under the new provisions:

  • Children entering kindergarten, sixth grade or entering a Georgia school for the first time in any grade must have received a second dose of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine and a second dose of mumps vaccine or have laboratory proof of immunity

  • Children born after January 1, 2006 who are being enrolled in school or childcare must be vaccinated against Hepatitis A or have laboratory proof of immunity

  • Children who are under five years old who are being enrolled in childcare, pre-K or Head Start must have received the vaccine to prevent pneumonia For additional information about the clinics or childhood vaccinations, call 430-6300.


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