‘Back to School’ Services Available Now at Walker County Health Department – Walker County, GA

LaFayette, GA – “Spring hasn’t started yet,” says Walker County Health Department Nurse Charge Tammy Franklin, “but it’s not too early for parents to check out some of these chores now. mandatory back-to-school off their list and beat the rush.” Franklin is referring to certain screenings and vaccinations, all of which can be obtained at the health department, that are required by law for Georgian children before they can start school this fall.

“Hearing, vision, dental and nutritional screenings are required for any student entering a Georgia school for the first time,” Franklin recalls. “In addition, children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are entering or transitioning to seventh grade and children who are new to a Georgia school in grades eight through 12 must show proof that they received a dose whooping cough or whooping cough in adolescents booster vaccination called ‘Tdap’ and meningococcal vaccination of adolescents before starting school. Students entering 11and need a second dose of meningococcal vaccine. These requirements apply to all public and private schools.

Franklin encourages parents to bring their children now, so they can get their screenings and necessary vaccinations at school. When your child’s immunizations are up to date, you will receive two copies of the Georgia Immunization Certificate Form 3231.

When your child has completed their hearing, vision, dental and nutrition screenings, you will receive two copies of Form 3300 Vision, Hearing, Dental and Nutrition Screening Certificate. One copy is for the school and the other copy is for your records. Call for an appointment and come early to check these back-to-school requirements on your to-do list today. The health department also has a daily appointment schedule.

Accepted payment methods include cash, credit or debit card, Medicare, Medicaid, Amerigroup, CareSource, PeachState, Aetna, Ambetter, and most Cigna, BlueCross BlueShield (Anthem), and United Healthcare plans.

Walker County Health Department hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Office of Environmental Health hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact the Walker County Health Department, 603 E. Villanow Street, LaFayette, at 706-638-5577; the Office of Environmental Health, 101 Napier Street, LaFayette, at 706-639-2574, or visit www.nwgapublichealth.org/counties/walker.