Dougherty Health Dept. offers back-to-school immunization clinics

Dougherty Health Dept. offers back-to-school immunization clinics
(Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County Health Department wants to help parents get their kids vaccinated before school starts back up.

The health department will hold two Saturday back-to-school immunization clinics on Saturday, June 23 and Saturday, July 21.

The clinics will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the clinics, staff will also provide hearing, vision, dental, and nutrition screenings.

"We are making it convenient for parents and caregivers by holding a pair of Saturday clinics," said Dougherty County Health Department Immunization Coordinator Beverly Reid, RN. "Vaccines will be available to all during the clinics, but our focus will be on children who need vaccines prior to going to school and youths entering seventh grade who need adolescent vaccines."

Georgia has specific immunization requirements for children entering schools and daycare facilities.

As of July 1, 2014, all children born on or after Jan. 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade, and students who are newly enrolled in Georgia schools in grades eight through 12, must have received one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of adolescent meningococcal (meningitis) disease vaccine.

The health department accepts most insurance; low-pay, and no-pay options are also available for qualified applicants.

For more information about the clinics, you can call 229-638-6424.

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