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Board of Health offers one-stop shop for back-to-school service

8/1/2014, 7:49 a.m.
Children entering child care, Head Start, pre-k, middle school, college or a Georgia school for the first time can get ...
Children enrolling in child care or public or private school must have proof of up-to-date immunizations.

Children entering child care, Head Start, pre-k, middle school, college or a Georgia school for the first time can get a range of back-to-school services from the DeKalb Board of Health.

The services include immunizations; vision, hearing and dental screenings; and certified birth certificates for children born in Georgia. It also offers nutritional screenings, and sports physicals are available at the East DeKalb Health Center.

The Board of Health’s four health centers will have extended hours on Aug. 5, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13 from 8:15 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Children enrolling in child care or public or private school must have proof of up-to-date immunizations on Georgia Form 3231. They also must have a completed Georgia Form 3300 for vision, hearing and dental screenings if they are entering a public school.

Students transferring from another Georgia county or another state must show proof of immunizations and health screenings on these forms.

There is a new requirement for middle school students this year. Children who were born on or after Jan. 1, 2002, who are entering seventh grade or who are new to Georgia schools and entering grades eight through 12 must now show proof that they have received one dose of Tdap – tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis – vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine.

College students also can get immunization certificates for their college or university.

Back-to-school services are available at:

  • Clifton Springs Health Center, 3110 Clifton Springs Road in Decatur; 404-244-2200.
  • Central DeKalb (T.O. Vinson) Health Center, 440 Winn Way in Decatur; 404-294-3762.
  • East DeKalb Health Center, 2277 S. Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road in Lithonia; 770-484-2600.
  • North DeKalb Health Center, 3807 Clairmont Road in Chamblee; 770-454-1144.

No appointment is necessary and services are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parents should:

  • Bring each child and his or her immunization record.
  • If applicable, bring each child’s Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids, State Health Benefits Plan (Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia) or Aetna card.
  • Be prepared to pay by cash, debit/credit card or a check from a Georgia bank.
  • A certified birth certificate also is required for school registration.
  • Birth certificates for children born in Georgia are available for $25 from the Board of Health’s Office of Vital Records, Room 191, Richardson Health Center, 445 Winn Way in Decatur. A Georgia diver’s license or other state identification card is required.
  • Only a legal parent, grandparent or guardian can obtain a birth certificate for a child under 18. Payment for certificates can be made in cash or by debit/credit card. Checks are not accepted. Vital Records’ hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For child care, pre-k or Head Start

Georgia law requires that all children who attend child care, pre-k or Head Start be up-to-date on vaccinations. Proof of vaccinations must be documented on the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231) and certified by a licensed Georgia doctor or health center official.

All children enrolled in a DeKalb County, city of Atlanta or city of Decatur public school also must have a completed Georgia Form 3300 for vision, hearing and dental screenings. Other child care, pre-k and Head Start locations may not require Form 3300.