The Effingham County Health Department wants to help parents beat the back-to-school rush by offering a no-cost vision, hearing, dental, and nutrition screening from 8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at the Effingham County Health Department clinic in Springfield. Students will be seen on a first come, first served basis. Immunization services will also be available at regular cost.
Students entering a Georgia school for the first time – no matter what the grade level – must have a completed Certificate of Vision, Hearing, Dental, and Nutrition screening form. “First time” means never enrolled in a Georgia school before at any time in their lives.
In addition, children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade and new entrants into Georgia schools in grades 8 through 12 must have received one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal vaccine. (“New entrant” means any child entering any school in Georgia for the first time or entering after having been absent from a Georgia school for more than 12 months or one school year). The HPV vaccine is also recommended for both girls and boys ages 11–12 to protect against cancers and other diseases caused by human papillomavirus.
For additional information, call the Effingham County Health Department at 754-6484.