They need new school clothes. They need pencils and notebooks and Elmer's glue. But did you know that children heading to public schools this fall may also need vaccinations and physician exams?
Immunizations are required for all pupils new to Georgia and South Carolina schools, regardless of age. In Georgia, additional dental, hearing and vision exams are necessary.
The Richmond County Health Department will hold "blitz weeks" the first half of August to accommodate the back-to-school rush, with hours extended until 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
Vaccines and check-up exams are available from county health departments and private care physicians.
Parents should bring current vaccination records to the physician, and in Georgia, proof of the child's identity, such as a birth certificate or a Social Security card. In order to be eligible for prorated rates, parents should bring a pay stub.
Immunizations required include:
- A series of three hepatitis B shots.
- Four diptheria/tetanus/pertussis doses, with the last one administered after the child's fourth birthday.
- Three polio doses, with the last one administered after the child's fourth birthday.
- Two measles, mumps, and rubella doses.
- A dose of varicella or proof that the child has had chickenpox.
In South Carolina, an additional dose of measles vaccine is required.
Reach Rebecca Trela at (706) 828-3904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.