Even though the beginning of the new school year is still weeks away, it is never too early to prepare to go Back-to-School.

Cobb & Douglas Public Health is now offering Back-to-School immunizations and screenings at all four health clinic locations (Marietta, Douglas, Acworth and East Cobb).

In the fall, children from kindergarten to college will be returning to school. “We want to ensure that every student, whether just starting elementary school or entering college, is fully protected,” stated Karen Thomas, District Immunization Director, Cobb & Douglas Public Health.

As always, children entering kindergarten, or those who are new to Georgia for the school year will need an Immunization Certificate (Georgia Form 3231) and a dental, vision, hearing and nutrition screening (Form 3300). Children entering kindergarten may need to get a second dose of varicella (chicken pox), measles and mumps vaccines and a booster dose of DTap and IPV. 

Beginning with the 2014- 2015 school year, all students born on or after January 1, 2002 and entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade in Georgia need proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster vaccination (called “Tdap”) and an adolescent meningococcal vaccination (MCV4). Proof of both vaccinations must be documented on the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231).

Appointments to receive vaccinations are not required at the Marietta Public Health Center. Back-to-School hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Cobb & Douglas Public Health at 770-514-2349.