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DPH: plan early for back-to-school immunizations and health screenings
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With the beginning of the new school year just a few short weeks away, the Department of Public Health is encouraging parents to plan ahead for their child’s back-to-school immunizations and health screenings. 

According to a press release by District 2 Public Health, getting children in sooner rather than later for their routine vaccines and health screening is a good way to beat the rush as the start of school draws closer. 

“Certain age groups have specific requirements for their back to school immunizations,” District 2 Immunization Coordinator Leyna Mashburn said in the release. “It is important to check with your medical provider early to determine what, if any, vaccines are needed for your child.”

Last year, the state of Georgia added a new meningitis vaccine requirement for 11th graders. Parents who are unsure of Georgia’s school requirements can check with their child’s doctor, school or local health department to determine what vaccines are needed. 

Several health departments in District 2 will partner with local schools and organizations for back-to-school events throughout July and August. In Dawson County, the next upcoming back-to-school event will be on July 26 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dawson County Health Department, located at 54 Highway 53. 

All health departments, including the one in Dawson County, will also provide back-to-school immunizations and screenings any day during regular business hours. 

Medicaid and some private insurances are accepted, and for those who are uninsured or who’s insurance does not cover vaccines, the cost is $21 per vaccine. For more information about a specific insurance plan, parents are encouraged to contact the local health department. 

For a list of back-to-school health events in District 2 and for health department hours and locations, go to phdistrict2.org. To learn more about Georgia’s school health requirements, go to https://dph.georgia.gov/