Certain vaccinations are required before your child can attend daycare or school. And immunizations aren’t just for our youngest learners – children will need additional vaccinations at certain points throughout their schooling. There are vaccine requirements for middle school children as well as college students.
Students entering a Georgia school for the first time – no matter what the grade level – must also 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. This service can be provided by your health department.
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.
Effective July 1, 2014, 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 tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine and one dose of meningococcal (meningitis) 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).
Before starting the 2021-2022 school year, all students entering or transferring into 11th grade will need a meningococcal booster shot (MCV4), unless their first dose was received on or after their 16th birthday.
If your child does not have health insurance or their health plan won’t cover these vaccines, call your local health department and ask about getting no-cost or low-cost vaccines.
If you’ll be attending a Georgia college or university, find out information on required immunizations:
Some institutions of higher learning may have different immunization requirements. Be sure to check with the college or university you plan to attend to find out what immunizations you will need.
Looking for an immunization record? Visit our Immunization Record Request page for more information.
Ask your pediatrician or local health department about other shots your child may need, including:
Parents, click here to download “What to Expect: Guide to Immunizations” in English:
What to Expect Guide to Immunizations
Los padres, haga clic aquí para descargar “Qué esperar: Guía de Inmunizaciones” en español:
What to Expect Guide to Immunizations – Spanish