“We want to ensure that every student, whether just starting elementary school or entering college, is fully protected,” said Karen Thomas, district immunization director at Cobb and Douglas Public Health.
Children entering kindergarten or those who are new to Georgia for the school year, will need an Immunization Certificate and a dental, vision, hearing and nutrition screening. Children entering kindergarten may need to get a second dose of chicken pox, measles and mumps vaccines and a booster dose of DTap and IPV, Thomas said.
Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, all students born on or after January 1, 2002, and entering, advancing or transferring into seventh grade in Georgia need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster vaccination, called “Tdap,” and an adolescent meningococcal vaccination. Proof of both vaccinations must be documented on the Georgia Immunization Certificate.
Appointments to receive vaccinations are not required at the Marietta Public Health Center and hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Cobb & Douglas Public Health at (770) 514-2349.