Cobb and Douglas Public Health is now offering back-to-school immunizations and screenings at all four health clinic locations in Marietta, Douglas County, Acworth and East Cobb. Parents of all students, whether new or returning, should make sure their children receive the required vaccines and screenings.
“We want to ensure that every student, whether just starting elementary school or entering college, is fully protected,” stated Karen Thomas, district immunization director for Cobb and Douglas Public Health.
As always, children entering kindergarten, or those who are new to Georgia this school year will need an immunization certificate, Georgia form 3231 and a dental, vision and hearing form 3300. Children entering kindergarten may need to get a second dose of varicella — chicken pox — measles and mumps vaccines and a booster dose of DTap and IPV.
In addition, 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 Measles, Mumps and Rubella. It is recommended that children 11 to 12 years of age also receive TDap, meningitis and HPV.
It is also recommended that high school and college students obtain a meningitis vaccine that prevents meningococcal disease. The meningococcal disease is a potentially life-threatening illness and the top cause of bacterial meningitis.
Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive a vaccination at Cobb and Douglas Public Health. Also, be prepared and bring the child’s immunization records to avoid a longer wait time. With a personal immunization record in hand, it allows clinic staff to evaluate and update the child’s records with the new immunizations.
Individuals who need vaccines are encouraged to talk to their primary care provider or contact Cobb and Douglas Public Health at (770) 514-2485.
Appointments are not required at the Marietta Public Health Center to be vaccinated. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Information: visit www.cobbanddouglas publichealth.org.