July 19, 2013

Beat back-to-school rush for children’s health screenings, vaccinations

Submitted by the North Georgia Health District

— The Whitfield County Health Department is encouraging parents to get the vaccines and health screenings needed for their children this month to beat the back-to-school rush. These services are offered on a walk-in basis at the Whitfield County Health Department.

Children enrolling in any Georgia school, pre-k, kindergarten or child care program must present a Certificate of Immunization (Form 3231). In addition, children enrolling in pre-k, kindergarten and any Georgia school must present Form 3300 (Certificate of Eye, Ear and Dental Exam).

The health department’s Children’s Clinic Supervisor Angie Callaway stated, “The vaccine requirements differ depending on the age of the child. It is very important to check now to determine if your child needs vaccines and/or a certificate for school or child care entry.”

For example, children under 5 who attend child care facilities (including pre-k) must have two doses of hepatitis A vaccine or laboratory proof of immunity. All children entering sixth grade must have two doses of measles vaccine, two doses of mumps vaccine, and one dose of rubella vaccine or laboratory proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella, and have two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or provider-diagnosed documentation of disease or laboratory proof of immunity.

Contact the Whitfield County Health Department at (706) 226-2621 or your health care provider to obtain needed vaccinations, health screenings and required certificates.