Thursday, July 23, 2009

Don't Wait To Get Your Children Ready for School

The Fayette County Health Department urges parents not to wait in getting their children vaccinated for the new school year starting in early August. Special days have been set aside at the health department to be sure students are ready to enter school. Special Hearing-Vision-Dental and immunization clinics will be held July 21, 22, 28, 29 and August 4, 5 and 12.

Fayette County Health Department has also set aside special days for physical exams for children entering Head-Start program in the fall. Head-Start physicals will be done on July 24, 31 and August 12.

Georgia law requires children enrolling in day care or school to have required vaccinations. A child entering private or public school in Fayette County for the first time must have two key forms: Georgia immunization form 3231(which must be completed by a health center or doctor) and Georgia form 3300, documenting vision, hearing and dental screenings. Parents should bring along their child's immunization record to the health center.

Fees for immunizations and screenings will vary, please call for more information and to schedule an appointment. Payments for health services may be made by cash, MasterCard or Visa. Medicaid covers vision and hearing screenings and immunizations.

For more information on the immunizations your child needs and where to get them, contact your child’s health care provider, the Fayette County Health Department at 770-305-5416.

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