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Public Health Prepares Families for Healthy School Year

September 3, 2013

Originally published July 25, 2011

School is just around the corner and it’s that time of the year to make sure that students are ready.

Thousands of children in Georgia will enter pre-kindergarten for the first time or head back to school in grades first through twelve. But before any student can enter school, there are some basic requirements for every child entering schools in Georgia. 

As families rush to purchase school supplies and new clothes, tour new classrooms and be introduced to new teachers and friends, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Department of Education join forces to ensure all Georgia children are up to date with their medical and immunizations requirements, before their first day of school. 

“When children are healthy, they can learn in any environment. That’s our role in Public Health to make sure they get a healthy start against vaccine-preventable illnesses,” says Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. “Adhering to The Immunization Schedule as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and approved by CDC is so important to the everyday health of our children from infancy to six years old.”
 
In its 159 counties statewide, Georgia local county health departments provide children’s health exams, which include lab tests, hearing, vision, and dental screenings; nutritional and developmental assessments; and physical exams for infants and children up to age 21. 

All screenings and immunizations done through local county health departments are documented on the required Georgia Form 3300. 

Some of the immunizations provide protection against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis. Other vaccinations include shots for Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Polio and Varicella, better known as Chickenpox.

Parents can prepare for a healthy school year by ensuring their child has healthy sleeping habits, eats a nutritious breakfast and lunch with diary, fruits and vegetables, and is mentally prepared to go back to school. 

Through a little early prevention, your child can look forward to a fun, happy, and healthy school year – from start to finish.