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August 13, 2015
Nurse checking boy's heartbeat

Schools are already starting? Where did the summer go?!

Many changes occur every August for the new school years. Whether your children start kindergarten or college, we must all make a variety of preparations. We buy school supplies and new clothes, but we also must be up to date on our immunizations! Before starting the new school year, prepare your children's minds and bodies.

Child and Adolescent Immunizations

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) works to make sure your children receive the necessary immunizations – especially before school starts. As you know, immunization for your child starts when they’re born and stays in high gear for the first two years of their lives. From Hepatitis to Tetanus to Whooping Cough to Measles to Mumps, there’s so much to keep up with! To help keep everything organized, DPH provides a Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule. There you can find common questions about immunizations in Georgia and a handy schedule to stay on track.

College Immunizations

Students attending public schools in Georgia must be immunized following the requirements set by the University Systems of Georgia (USG). Whether it’s your first year in college or if you’re a transfer student to a Georgia public school, you must receive certain immunizations – especially if you stay in campus housing. For example, since 2003, Georgia legislation states that all students living on campus must sign a document proving they’ve been vaccinated against meningococcal disease.

To find out what immunizations you need for a private college, contact them directly.

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Interactive Web Content Manager for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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