Vaccines are safe and effective and help protect children and adults from a host of different diseases including measles, polio, pertussis (whooping cough), and chickenpox. Children who are immunized help prevent the spread of diseases to infants who are too young to get vaccinated and others who may not be able to receive certain vaccines for medical reasons. Vaccinations help children develop immunity to diseases without actually getting the disease.
Health Departments throughout the Coastal Health District are scheduling back-to-school clinics to help get students caught up on required immunizations. Summer goes by quickly, so don’t wait to vaccinate!
Please note: According to Georgia law, only the parent or legal guardian can sign a consent form authorizing immunizations of a minor.
Several vaccinations are required to attend daycare, school and college. Visit our School Vaccination page for details.
You can get much more information about childhood vaccines on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.