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School Requirements

Back to School Vaccinations – Don’t wait until school starts, get your child vaccinated today!

Immunizations are offered by appointment, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Marietta, Smyrna, Douglasville and Kennesaw-Acworth Public Health Centers. For questions, call 770-514-2300.

All children attending daycare, kindergarteners, rising 7th and 11th graders, and those students new to the State of Georgia or transferring from a private school are required to have certain immunizations to attend public school. We offer all of these vaccinations at four of our convenient locations in Cobb and Douglas counties. Find out more below on the requirements by age and grade, and additional information.

Childhood Recommended Immunization Schedule

Daycare/School Immunization Certificates

Georgia law requires children attending daycare or school to be protected from certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Cobb & Douglas Public Health offer vaccines to protect children and prepare them for school at clinics throughout both counties.

According to the law, parents who move to Georgia from another state and enroll their child in a Georgia school for the first time must provide the child’s daycare center or school with a Certificate of Immunization (Form # 3231) within 30 days of enrollment. This certificate verifies that the child has received the immunizations recommended for his/her age. Certificate of Immunization record transfers are provided to clients for $5.00 per child.

Parents can obtain this certificate from the child’s private physician or local Cobb & Douglas Public Health Center. Parents should bring a complete record of the child’s immunizations in order to complete the certificate. If a child needs additional immunizations to meet the requirements of Georgia law, the private physician or Public Health Center staff can administer these immunizations, and parents can obtain a certificate at the same time.

School Screenings (Vision, Hearing, Dental & Nutrition – Form 3300)

Cobb & Douglas Public Health also provides Vision, Hearing, Dental & Nutrition Screenings to children. 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, effective for the 2014-2015 school year, the form was revised to include “nutrition” as a category. The nutrition category measures height, weight, and Body Mass Index (BMI).

New Immunization Requirements for Children Entering 11th Grade, Effective July 1, 2021

Children 16 years of age and older who are entering the 11th grade (including new entrants) must have received one booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), unless their initial dose was administered on or after their 16th birthday. (“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.) MCV4 helps prevent meningococcal disease, a bacterial infection that can be very dangerous.

New Immunization Requirements for Children Entering 7th, Effective July 1, 2014

Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, seventh graders are now required to have tetanus, diphtheria, 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).

Other shots your child may need include:

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) series – Learn more about vaccinating your sons and daughters against Human Papillomavirus-HPV, the leading cause of almost all Cervical Cancer.
  • tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis shot (Tdap or Td booster)
  • an annual flu vaccine; and
  • catch-up immunizations, including chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and
    hepatitis B.

For a list of accepted commercial insurance providers, please check here.

For Adult and Travel Health Vaccine information, visit: 

To expedite your next immunization visit, please print and fill out the following forms before you arrive at Cobb and Douglas Public Health:

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