Health Department plans back-to-school immunization day July 17

Published 4:44 pm Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Decatur County Health Department is urging parents to avoid the back-to-school rush by getting their children immunized with state-required vaccines during an early clinic.

“An Immunization Day Clinic has been scheduled for July 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the health department,” said Decatur County Health Department Nurse Manager Peggy Colman. “No appointment is needed. Walk-ins will be welcome.”

She said the State of Georgia has specific immunization requirements for children entering schools and daycare facilities. “The vaccinations are for the protection of your children, other family members, classmates, staff and the community,” Colman said.

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As of 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.

The health department accepts most insurance; low-pay and no-pay options are also available for qualified applicants.

For more information, call (229) 248-3055.