Originally created 07/31/05

Health exams, shots needed



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 rebecca.trela@augustachronicle.com.

For appointments and full immunization information

Aiken County Health Department
828 Richland Ave. W. Aiken, SC 29801
(803) 642-1687

Burke County Health Department
332 Dogwood Drive
Waynesboro, GA 30830
(706) 554-3456

Columbia County Health Department
6420 Pollard's Pond Road
Appling, GA 30802
(706) 541-1318

Edgefield County Health Department
21 Star Road
Edgefield, SC 29824
(803) 637-4035

McDuffie County Health Department
309 Greenway St.
Thomson, GA 30824
(706) 595-1740

North Augusta Health Department
802 East Martintown Road
North Augusta, SC 29801
(803) 278-3621

Richmond County Health Department
950 Laney-Walker Blvd.
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 721-5800