The new school year is set to start Aug. 12 for Fulton County Public Schools and Aug. 7 for Atlanta Public Schools.
The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will kick-off the Back to School Immunization Rush on July 29. This year’s immunization and vision and hearing screenings will be held at three locations.
“On July 29, our Nursing Division will focus on giving vaccinations, eye-ear-dental screenings and the required certifications for children to attend school,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services.
Accepted Forms of Payment include: Visa and Mastercard, Cash, Medicaid, United HealthCare and CIGNA. For financial assistance, clients must present proof of income. Non-Fulton County residence will be charged the full fee for services.
The back to school vaccinations kick-off locations will be opened from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 29 at the following locations: Adamsville Regional Health Center – (404) 613-4215; College Park Regional Health Center – (404) 765-4155; and North Fulton Regional Health Center(Alpharetta) – (404) 612-1876.
Parents or legal guardians should be aware that children are required to have certain vaccinations in order to attend public school. Children who do not have proper vaccinations could be sent home until they are in compliance.
In order to receive vaccinations, parents must bring the their child’s immunization records. Children entering kindergarten and those new to Georgia must bring Immunization Certificate, Georgia Form 3231, and a Dental, Vision and Hearing Form 3300.
Chiildren entering kindergarten may need a second dose of varicella (chicken pox), measles and mumps vaccines and a booster dose of DTap and IPV.
Children entering the sixth grade may need another dose of chicken pox vaccine if they have not had chicken pox disease and another dose of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella). It is recommended that children 11-12 years of age also receive TDap, Meningitis and HPV.
High school and college students may need Meningitis vaccine that prevents meningococcal disease.
All parents are encouraged to take advantage of the Rush sites to be ready for school. Vaccinations are available at all Fulton County Health Centers on an ongoing basis, for any families who are unable to attend this special Back to School event.
For more information, call (404) 612-1211 for health center locations. Log-on to http://www.fultoncountygahealth.org for more information on required immunizations and documentation.