Time for Back-to-School Immunizations

The dog days of summer may still be in full swing for Chatham County school students but now is the time to make sure that all immunizations are up to date.

“There is so much to think about when getting children ready to go back to school and vaccinations should be at the top of the list,” said Dr. Diane Weems, Chief Medical Officer for the Chatham County Health Department. “School will be here before we know it and our health departments will be crowded with students in need of immunizations. I encourage parents to be proactive and get their children immunized early.”

Georgia law requires that all students entering day care facilities or school show proof of immunizations. Immunization requirements for Georgia students were updated last year, and the Chatham County Health Department can help parents determine what immunizations their children need before going back to school.

“Immunizations help protect our children against diseases that could be harmful to them,” said Weems. “I can’t stress enough how important it is that children get the vaccines that they need, and do it before the end of the summer.”

The Chatham County Health Department’s clinics at 1395 Eisenhower Drive and 1602 Drayton Street are open from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Every Tuesday, the Eisenhower Drive clinic is open until 6 p.m. Every Thursday, the Drayton Street clinic is also open until 6 p.m.

For more information on immunization requirements, please go to gachd.org.

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