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Back-to-school health clinics slated
Effingham County Schools

WHAT: Effingham County back-to-school clinics

WHEN: Every Tuesday, by appointment, beginning June 22.

WHERE: Effingham County Health Department, 802 Hwy 119 South, Springfield

WHY: The pandemic has resulted in delays in some children getting check-ups and immunizations. The Effingham County Health Department will focus on offering back-to-school services every Tuesday so students can get the following screenings and vaccinations required for school attendance:

· Students entering a Georgia school for the first time – no matter what the grade level – must have a completed Certificate of Hearing, Vision, Dental and Nutrition screening form. “First time” means never enrolled in a Georgia school before at any time in their lives.

· 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).

· Effective July 1, children 16 years of age and older who are entering the 11th grade (including new entrants), must have received one booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), unless their initial dose was administered on or after their 16th birthday.

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 or to schedule an appointment, call the Effingham County Health Department at 912-754-6484. Most insurance accepted.