New screening and immunization requirements are on the horizon for the 2014-2015 school year. Cobb & Douglas Public Health wants to make residents aware of these changes now, before the end of the current school year.
Join us on Saturday, May 17, from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at Cobb & Douglas Public Health – East Cobb, located at 4938 Lower Roswell Road, near Parkaire Mall. All required vaccines and forms will be available.
Vision, Hearing, Dental, and Nutrition Screening (form 3300)
It has been a requirement for parents to present a completed Vision, Hearing, and Dental Screening Form (form 3300) to school authorities for children entering a Georgia school for the first time. That is still a requirement; however, the form has been revised to include “nutrition” as a category. The nutrition category measures height, weight, and Body Mass Index (BMI).
New Immunization Requirements for Children Attending Seventh Grade
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, seventh graders will be required to have the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal (meningitis) vaccines prior to entering school.
Effective July 1, 2014, children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade and new entrants into Georgia schools in grades 8 through 12 must have received one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal vaccine. (“New entrant” means any child entering any school in Georgia for the first time or entering after having been absent from a Georgia school for more than 12 months or one school year).
Proof of both vaccinations must be documented on the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231).
For more information about the School Health Fair, call Cobb & Douglas Public Health (East Cobb) at 678-784-2180 or visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org.