Immunizations for School
Every child entering a Floyd County School for the first time, regardless of grade level, must present a completed adequate certificate of immunization to the school. A copy must also be retained in the child's permanent record. This record must include immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, rubella, hepatitis B, and mumps. The record must be on a form provided by the Georgia Department of Human Resources. Verification of immunization can be made only by a physician or a qualified employee of the local board of health. A physician is authorized to issue a Certificate of Immunization indicating a medical exemption for a child.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a bacterial infection that can easily spread causing severe coughing fits and missed days of school. 
 
Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness that affects the brain and the spinal cord. Meningitis can cause shock, coma, and death within hours of 
the first symptoms. 
 
To help protect your children and others from whooping cough and meningitis, Georgia law requires students to be vaccinated against both diseases. 
 
Before starting the school year, all incoming 7th grade students will need proof of a whooping cough booster shot and a meningococcal shot unless the child has an exemption. 
 
If your preteen has not been vaccinated against whooping cough or meningococcal disease, we strongly recommend getting your child vaccinated. Getting Tdap (the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis shot) and MCV4 (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) now will not only help protect your child against the ongoing threat of whooping cough and meningitis but will also meet 
the school entry requirement. 
 
Ask your pediatrician or local health department about other shots your child 
may need including: 
 the human papillomavirus (HPV) 3-shot series 
 an annual flu vaccine; and 
 catch-up immunizations, including chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and hepatitis B. 
 
Proof of both vaccinations must be documented on the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231) 
 
If your child does not have health insurance or their health plan won’t cover these vaccines, call your local health department and ask about getting no or low cost vaccines. For more information, visit http://dph.georgia.gov/vaccines-children or call (800)-848-3868.  The school system may grant a 30-calendar ­day waiver for Georgia residents for a justifiable reason.

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