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). Parents of all students, whether new or returning, should make sure their children receive the required vaccines and screenings.

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 this school year will need an Immunization Certificate, Georgia Form 3231 and a Dental, Vision and Hearing 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.  In addition, children entering the 6th grade may need another dose of chicken pox vaccine, if they have not had chicken pox disease and another dose of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella).  It is recommended that children 11-12 years of age also receive TDap, Meningitis and HPV.

It is also recommended that high school and college students obtain a meningitis vaccine that prevents meningococcal disease. The meningococcal disease is a potentially life-threatening illness and the top cause of bacterial meningitis.

Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive a vaccination at Cobb & Douglas Public Health. Also, be prepared and bring your child’s immunization records to avoid a longer wait time. With a personal immunization record in hand, it allows clinic staff to evaluate and update your records with the new immunizations.

Individuals who need vaccines are encouraged to talk to their primary care provider or contact Cobb & Douglas Public Health at 770-514-2485.  Appointments are not required at the Marietta Public Health Center to be vaccinated. Back to School hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

About Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Since 1920, Cobb & Douglas Public Health has been dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and safety of our local community and region. The agency is committed to improving quality of life by tracking and preventing the spread of disease, promoting health and safety through education and communication, providing exceptional medical services and ensuring that our community is prepared for public health emergencies.  The partnerships that we establish with organizations, businesses, agencies, and local leaders, are essential in maintaining a healthy and safe community.