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, 2021, 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

Preteens are at an age when there is more involvement on their part in making decisions about their health. These decisions will set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy choices. March 15, 2021- March, 19, 2021 marked this year's Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week. This week aims to raise awareness and encourage preteens to make smart, healthy choices by including the importance of defending themselves against vaccine-preventable diseases. 

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that preteens and teens receive the below immunizations in an effort to provide protection from these vaccine-preventable diseases:

  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) 
  • MenACWY (Meningococcal disease)  *Please see new 11th grade requirements above
  • HPV (Human Papilloma virus) 
  • Annual flu (Influenza virus)

In addition, ensuring that our Georgia preteens are caught up on additional immunizations including: MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), hepatitis B and chickenpox, is equally important. As parents and caregivers, it is important to have discussions with your preteens and teens regarding their health and making healthy choices for their protection. Below are some resources and tools that may be helpful to you and your family.

Immunization Highlights

As the worldwide pandemic, known as COVID-19, continues, many are left with questions and much to consider. What is COVID-19? How can I protect myself and my family? Where can I get tested? What vaccines are available to me? 

COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is transmitted via droplets or small virus particles Some of the most common symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and muscle pain. It is difficult to know whether we have come in contact with someone who has the COVID-19 virus, as symptoms vary individually, from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to symptoms that could be confused for other respiratory viruses. In an effort to keep ourselves and our families safe and actively do our part in slowing the spread of this virus, it is important for those who meet the criteria, to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Until we know more and to decrease the risk of spreading the virus to those who cannot receive the vaccine, due to age requirements and/or contraindications, we must all continue to take the proper precautionary steps, especially in public places, by ensuring to do the following:

  • Wearing a mask, especially in public places
  • Remaining 6 feet apart from others
  • Avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces

We urge Georgians to do your part to SLOW THE SPREAD! 

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For additional information and guidance on COVID-19, click here 

To find a location on where to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, click here

For Georgia Mass Vaccination Site information and registration, click here

 

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 6/11/21