Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon will hold its annual child screening program on three Saturdays in hopes of detecting and preventing infectious diseases in the school systems.
Students who are between the ages of 4 and 19 – and eligible for medical care – can get a “one-stop, four-point” school screening at Eisenhower on July 27, Aug. 3 and Aug. 17.
The screening is required by Georgia law for first-time students.
For entrance into the sixth grade in Georgia, a child must have a second measles, mumps and rubella immunization, with proof of vaccination.
“Last year, 1,132 children attended the annual school screening event at Eisenhower, and the staff looks forward to seeing our future students this year,” said Wesley Elliott, a spokesman for the hospital.
Elliott said parents can gather family health education materials, talk with a dietician for nutritional information and receive guidance for future consultations.
Information will be available about benefits and TRICARE enrollment.
“The school screening is not a sports physical,” Elliott said. “The school screening is a one-time screening and does not include sport, cheerleader or band physicals. Please contact you primary care manager to schedule a sport, cheerleader or band physical.”
To schedule a screening and receive instructions for the appointment, call (706) 787-7300 weekdays (except federal holidays) between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Time slots are available July 27 for special-needs children.