Immunizations

7th Grade/New to Georgia Immunization Requirements

Seventh graders and new to Georgia students are now required to have the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal (meningitis) vaccines prior to entering school. As such all seventh grade students must have a current Form 3231 showing that this immunization has been performed.

Effective July 1, 2014, children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade and new entrants into Georgia schools in grades 8 through 12 must have received one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal vaccine. ("New entrant" means any child entering any school in Georgia for the first time or entering after having been absent from a Georgia school for more than 12 months or one school year).

For more information about this and all school required immunizations, go to the Georgia Department of Public Health website at http://dph.georgia.gov/schools-and-childcare.

Shots are available at North Georgia Health District public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties.

Go to www.nghd.org for contact information and locations.