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, 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.

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

 

Immunization News

August brings forth the beginning of a particularly important annual observance, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). NIAM occurs every August and is aimed to remind us all of the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Safe and effective vaccines are available to protect us all, children and adults alike, against potentially life-threatening diseases including: tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, meningococcal disease, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, shingles, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox).

As Georgians ramp up to welcome important milestones such as: a new school year, a new job, a new move, a new member to the family, and/or new leisure activities, now is the perfect time to ensure you, your family and community are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. Please talk with your healthcare provider or visit your local public health department and get vaccinated today! To locate county public health departments throughout Georgia closest to you, please click HERE

Each week of NIAM focuses on a different stage of the lifespan. Click on the topic(s) of interest below for more information.

Additional Resources

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

 

Georgia Immunization Program

2 Peachtree Street, NW Suite 13.276
Atlanta, GA 30303-3142
Phone: (404) 657-3158 
Fax: (404) 657-1463
email:  [email protected]

Updated 08/18/2021