The DeKalb (County) Board of Health is offering back-to-school services and extended hours.
Its health centers are open from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended hours to 7 p.m. on Aug. 4, 5, 6, 10, 11 and 12. For extended dental screening hours, call the nearest health center. No appointment is necessary.
Services include issuing certified birth certificates for children born in Georgia. Nutritional screenings and sports physicals are offered at the East DeKalb, T.O. Vinson, North DeKalb, and Clifton Springs health centers.
Georgia law requires that children enrolling in child care or public or private school have proof of an up-to-date immunization Georgia Form 3231.
They also must have a completed Georgia Form 3300 for vision, hearing, nutritional screenings (BMI) and dental screenings if they are entering a public school for the first time.
Children transferring from another county or state must show proof of immunizations and health screenings on the forms.
A new requirement for middle school students applies to children born on or after Jan. 1, 2002, who are entering seventh grade or who are new to Georgia schools and entering grades 8 through 12. They must now show proof that they have received one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine.
The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents develops and implements immunization policies for the state’s public colleges and universities. Private institutions develop and implement their own policies. College students may be required to have MMR (measles, mumps and rubella); varicella (chickenpox); Tdap; hepatitis B series; and meningococcal conjugate.
The Board of Health can provide an immunization certificate for the college or university.
Parents should bring each child and his or her immunization record and each child’s Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids, State Health Benefits Plan (Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia) or Aetna card. Most insurance is accepted. Call the health center to verify.
Back-to-school services are available at:
- Central DeKalb (T.O. Vinson), 440 Winn Way in Decatur (404-294-3762).
- East DeKalb, 2277 S. Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road in Lithonia (770-484-2600).
- North DeKalb, 3807 Clairmont Road in Chamblee (770-454-1144).
- Clifton Springs, 3110 Clifton Springs Road in Decatur (404-244-2200).
Birth certificates for children born in Georgia are available for $25 from the Board of Health’s Office of Vital Records, Room 191, Richardson Health Center, 445 Winn Way in Decatur. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A Georgia driver’s license or other state identification card is required. Only a legal parent, grandparent or guardian can obtain a birth certificate for a child under 18.
For more information, call 404-294-3700.