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Don't Wait To Get Your Children Ready for School
Pike County Health Department to Hold Back to School Bash

LAGRANGE - The Pike County Health Department urges parents not to wait in getting their children vaccinated for the new school year starting in early August. “We would like to remind parents that vaccines are the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death,” said Laurie Roberts, county nurse manager. “They not only help protect vaccinated individuals from developing potentially serious diseases, they also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious agents.”

July 26th 2:00-6:00 p.m., Pike County Health Department will be holding a back-to-school bash at 541 Griffin Street Zebulon, Ga. They will be offering immunizations, Hearing/Dental/Vision certification and Hepatitis C/HIV test for adults. Free food and back packs will be available while supplies last.

Georgia law requires children enrolling in day care or school to have required vaccinations. A child entering private or public school in Pike County for the first time must have two key forms: Georgia immunization form 3231(which must be completed by a health center or physician) and Georgia form 3300, documenting vision, hearing and dental screenings.

Your adolescent may require more than just their sports physical when visiting the doctor. Check with your child’s physician to see if they are up-to-date on all vaccines. Meningococcus and Tdap are currently recommended for all children born after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade, and children who are new entrants into a Georgia school in grades eight through twelve.

Fees for immunizations and screenings will vary, please call 1.800.847.4262 for more information or to schedule an appointment if you are unable to attend the back-to-school bash. Payments for health services may be made by cash, MasterCard or Visa. Medicaid covers vision and hearing screenings and immunizations.

For more information on the immunizations your child needs and where to get them, visit dph.georgia.gov/Vaccinate-teens.

Submitted 7.23.18