In Georgia, the law states that all students who attend school must have a correct and up to date immunization form in their file at school. If you do not want your child to have immunizations based on your religious beliefs, you must provide a signed, notarized affidavit stating the reason. A parent or school that allows a student to attend more than 30 days without a correct immunization form or religious exemption is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be required to pay a fine. The Clarke County Health Department and the State Public Health Department audits our kindergarten and 6th-grade immunizations each year. They may also audit any other grades if they find it necessary. We want each student to be in school with optimum health and wellness, but in order to comply with the law, we cannot allow students to come to school if they do not have a correct immunization on file.
Georgia Vaccine Requirements for School Attendance
Varicella (chickenpox) - Any child entering kindergarten, 6th grade, or entering Georgia from another state or country is required to have a second dose of the varicella vaccine or proof of disease documented by a doctor or proof of immunity by a blood test. It is recommended that the immunizations be updated before the end of the 2007-08 year to avoid vaccine shortages and to ensure that your child does not miss school in the Fall.
- Diptheria-Pertussis-Tetanus (DPT, DTaP) - Any child entering school must show proof of having received 4-5 doses with the last dose given on or after the fourth birthday.
- Polio (OPVor IPV) - Any child entering s
- Hepatitis B (HBV) - Any child born after 1/1/1992 or who is new to Georgia is required to be immunized for Hepatitis B. It is a series of three vaccines, given over a period of six months.
- Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) - Any child entering school must show proof of having received 2 doses of MMR with the first being after the age of one year.
- Varicella - Any child entering school must show proof of having received the varicella vaccine (chickenpox) or provide written documentation of having had the disease.
Also recommended but not required at this time for entry to school:
- Menactra (Meningitis vaccine) It is recommended that children receive this vaccine at the age of eleven or prior to entry to high school.