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POSTED: March 15, 2007 5:13 a.m.
ATLANTA — In an effort to reduce childhood preventable diseases that are preventable by requiring recommended immunizations, the Georgia Department of Human Resources Board has approved additions to these requirements for children and adolescents.
Effective July 1, all children attending child care, Pre-K, Head Start and school facilities must be vaccinated according to the immunization schedules approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
“The new immunization requirements provide greater protection of Georgia’s children against those diseases that are proven to be prevented by vaccine and help parents to protect their children’s health,” said Stuart Brown, MD, director of the Georgia Department of Human Resources’ Division of Public Health.
The additional vaccine requirements include: (1) a second dose of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine and a second dose of mumps vaccine or laboratory proof of immunity for children entering kindergarten, sixth grade, or students entering a Georgia school for the first time in any grade;
(2) the hepatitis A vaccine or laboratory proof of immunity for children enrolled in school or childcare facilities and who were born on or after Jan. 1, 2006; and
(3) the vaccine to prevent pneumonia for children under five years of age and who are enrolled in child care centers, Pre-K or Head Start.
The immunization certificate has been revised to reflect recent changes. The new form will be available in doctors’ offices and public health departments by March 1. Providers can print the new form from the Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services.
Anyone wanting information about the new requirements or where to have a child immunized, may contact their pediatrician, public health department, the Georgia Immunization Program at (404) 657-3158 or visit www.health.state.ga.us/programs/immunization.
 

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