EFFINGHAM COUNTY -- Immunizations and health screenings are an important part of keeping our children healthy. Several vaccinations are required for school-aged children, and parents are urged not to delay those immunizations. Staying up to date on vaccinations is the best way to protect children from certain diseases.
The Effingham County Health Department currently requires appointments for services. Scheduling patients in advance allows for social distancing in the waiting room. Face coverings are also required for anyone over age 2.
It is important to note that health department services, including vaccinations, are offered on days when there is no COVID-19 testing taking place at the health department.
Students entering school for the first time need vaccinations as well as vision, hearing, dental and Nutrition screenings. Also, children born on or after Jan. 1, 2002, who are attending seventh grade, and new entrants into Georgia schools in grades 8 through 12, must have one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal vaccine. 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.
Appointments can be scheduled by calling the Effingham County Health Department at (912) 754-6484. Most insurance plans are accepted, and vaccine can be supplied at no cost for those without insurance. For more information on childhood immunization schedules, go to gachd.org/immunizations.