Back to School immunization clinic is July 31

To help make it easier for parents to ensure their children are in compliance with the state’s back-to-school vaccination requirements, the Grady County Health Department is conducting an extended-hour immunization clinic. The clinic is scheduled for Thursday, July 31.
“We will devote our attention on July 31 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. to assisting parents or caretakers who bring their children for school vaccinations and related paperwork,” said Grady County Health Department County Nurse Manager Peggy Connell. “Our goal is to make it as quick and convenient as possible.”
New back-to-school requirements take effect this year, she noted. “Beginning 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,” Connell said.
“The State of Georgia has age-specific immunization requirements for children enrolled in schools and childcare facilities,” she said. “The vaccinations are for the protection of your children, other family members, classmates and staff they come into contact with and the community at large.”
Information on age-specific vaccines is available at www.southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org.
“We will be happy to assist you if you have questions and to help ensure your child’s immunization records are up-to-date,” Connell said.

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