Immunization Section

Mission & Vision                           

Through collaboration with public and private providers, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders, work to increase immunization rates for all Georgians and decrease the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Vaccine-preventable disease levels are at or near record lows. Even though most infants and toddlers have received all recommended vaccines by age 2, many under-immunized children remain, leaving the potential for outbreaks of disease. Many adolescents and adults are under-immunized as well, missing opportunities to protect themselves against diseases such as Hepatitis B, influenza, and pneumococcal disease.

Back to School Immunizations

New 11th Grade Immunization Requirements

Georgia's immunization requirements for students entering or transferring into the eleventh grade have been revised to align with the current recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Effective July 1, 2020, all students who are new entrants or transfers into a Georgia school in the eleventh grade, will require proof of a booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine, unless their first dose was received on or after their sixteenth birthday. 

For more information regarding immunization, visit the links and resources provided.

Immunization News

December means plenty of holiday parties and family gatherings; don’t let the flu hold you back from the festivities this season. National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 1-7 and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) encourages all Georgians to get their flu vaccine.

Getting a flu vaccine is more convenient than ever before.  Vaccines are available at your doctor or local health department, and at many retail pharmacies.  Many employers, schools, colleges and universities also offer flu vaccines. CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have approved that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, as an option during the 2019-2020 flu season.

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Immunization Highlights

Georgia Immunization Program
2 Peachtree Street, NW Suite 13.276
Atlanta, GA 30303-3142
Phone: (404) 657-3158 
Fax: (404) 657-1463
email:  DPH-Immunization@dph.ga.gov

Updated 05/21/20