Health departments providing required immunizations, exams ahead of upcoming school year

Health departments providing required immunizations, exams ahead of upcoming school year

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - School will soon start back and now is the time to make sure children are up-to-date on their immunizations.

Some children may need required immunizations or exams, especially if they’re new to the public school system in Georgia. All health departments are ready with the vaccines they may need.

Pre-k and kindergarten children and any child new to the Muscogee County School District are required to have vision, hearing, dental, and nutrition screenings, in addition to immunizations. For students entering seventh grade, several vaccinations are required.

"It keeps your children healthy,” said Pamela Kirkland, public relations coordinator for the Columbus Health Department. “Also, immunizations are required for your children to enter the school systems. We've seen a resurgence of measles in the last few years and this is something that can be completely prevented, if people remember to have their children vaccinated."

All district offices will be closed on Friday but will reopen Monday morning. Children can be taken to local health departments for required immunizations and exams.

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