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The mission and vision of the Georgia Immunization program is through collaboration with public and private providers, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders, work to increase immunization rates for all Georgians and decrease the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases. The Immunization Program supports and utilizes activities that will enhance the public’s awareness of the importance of immunizations for all age groups.

  • The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program requires wide participation of private healthcare providers to reach children who might not otherwise receive vaccine because of financial barriers or who might receive vaccines late because they would be referred to another setting for free vaccines. This federally funded program supplies vaccine free of charge to participating providers.
  • Georgia Registry of Immunizations and Transactions (GRITS) is designed to collect and maintain accurate, complete and current vaccination records to promote effective and cost-efficient disease prevention and control. The Georgia Immunization Registry law, passed in 1996 and expanded by House Bill 1526, requires reporting by “any person who administers a vaccine or vaccines licensed for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration to a person.” Several options are available for submitting immunization records to the Registry. GRITS allows Georgia’s immunization providers to have quick and easy access to immunization records on individual children and to generate a variety of reports on their immunization status.

Immunizations for Students

Vaccines protect against many serious and potentially life threatening diseases. In order to keep our children healthy, parents should know that Georgia law requires that children enrolling in childcare or public or private school must have proof of an up-to-date immunization Georgia Form 3231. Immunization requirements are based on age and your healthcare provider can review your child’s record to see if he needs any of the required vaccines.  b2s

  • Children 4-6 years old entering Kindergarten/Pre-K will need a second varicella (chicken pox), a second MMR and booster doses of DTap and IPV.
  • Children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade, and children who are new entrants into a Georgia school in grades eight through twelve, must have received one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine.
  • College students may be required to have certain vaccines. The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents develops and implements immunization policies for the state’s public colleges and universities. Private colleges and universities develop and implement their own policies. Each student should check their institution’s requirements.
  • See a full summary of the Immunization Requirements for Georgia.

Immunizations are available from the health department in your county, or from your medical provider. For more information click here.

HPV Vaccine Now Available

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. HPV can cause cervical and other cancers. When given in the recommended age groups, the HPV vaccine can protect males and females against diseases (including cancers) caused by HPV. Learn more about the HPV Vaccine.

Flu Vaccinations in Schools

Each year at the start of Flu Season, we visit local schools to offer flu vaccines free of charge to all students. Your student will only miss a few minutes of class time. Browse the School Based Flu Schedule to find all schools that we’re visiting and download a consent form for your child.

School Based Flu Vaccination Schedule

Your local health department offers influenza vaccines free of charge to students at the following schools. Students must bring in a influenza vaccine consent form signed by a parent or guardian. Download and fill out your child’s consent form now! School Based Influenza Vaccine Consent Form (English) School Based Influenza Vaccine Consent Form (Spanish) Jump… Read More