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.
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is observed April 24 – April 30, 2022, and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) urges all Georgians to protect infants from vaccine-preventable diseases by ensuring our little ones and everyone around them, are vaccinated and up to date on their immunization schedules. NIIW is a call to action for parents, caregivers, and health care providers to ensure that infants are fully vaccinated against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases.
This year, a primary focus is to ensure families stay on track for their children’s well-child visits and routinely recommended vaccinations.
COVID-19 has caused many disruptions in families’ lives – and in some cases, it has meant that children have missed or delayed their wellness checkups and vaccination, which are a critical part of ensuring children stay healthy. CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that children stay on track with their well-child appointments and routine vaccinations.
For more information on Catch Up on Well-Child Visits and Recommended Vaccinations click HERE.
Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both respiratory diseases that are highly contagious but are caused by two different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and flu is caused by the influenza virus. They are both transmitted in similar ways via droplets or small virus particles. Because both viruses have similar symptoms that vary from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe symptoms, it may be difficult to tell the difference between the two based on symptoms alone. Some of the most common symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and muscle pain.
In an effort to keep ourselves and our families safe and actively do our part in slowing the spread of these viruses, it is important for those who meet the criteria, to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and the flu virus. To decrease the risk of spreading the viruses 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!
For additional information and guidance on COVID-19, click here
For additional information and guidance on Influenza, click here
To find a location near you on where to get vaccinated, 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]