All students entering or attending Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grades are required to have a valid Georgia Certificate of Immunization Form 3231, issued by a licensed Georgia physician, or qualified employee of the local Health Department or the State Immunization Office. Parents/guardians are responsible for having their children properly immunized in accordance with Georgia law. For further immunization information, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health website at http://dph.georgia.gov/immunization-section
KINDERGARTEN IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT
- Four (4+) DTaP (# of Doses depends upon age given)
- Four (4+) IPV (# of Doses depends upon age given)
- Three (3) Hepatitis B
- Two (2) doses of Measles vaccine, Two (2) doses of Mumps vaccine, and One (1) dose of Rubella vaccine OR Two (2) doses of the combined MMR [OR Documented History of disease or Serology]
- Two (2) Hepatitis A [Hepatitis A (Required if born on or after 01/01/2006]
- Two (2) doses of Varicella vaccine [OR Documented History of disease or Serology]
7th GRADE IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT
In Georgia, all 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 to fulfill immunization requirements.
- 1 Dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) Vaccine (and)
- 1 Dose of Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine
NEW 11th GRADE IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT
Georgia's immunization requirements for students entering or transferring into the eleventh grade have been revised to align with the current recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
Effective July 1, 2021, children 16 years of age and older, who are entering the 11th grade (including new entrants), must have received one booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), unless their initial dose was administered on or after their 16th birthday.
Certificates must be signed by a physician licensed in GA or public health official. A stamp of a Physician’s signature is permissible when cosigned by an office staff member.
Certificates must have a printed typed or stamped name and address of the physician, health department or Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services (GRITS) official issuing the certificate.
Certificates must have a complete date of issue with the month, day and year.
In the state of Georgia, if there is a religious objection to the vaccination of a child, a completed affidavit on form 2208. After completion of the affidavit, the parent or legal guardian must have the form filed with the school the child will be attending as legal documentation of exemption from the required immunizations mentioned above.
In the event an epidemic or threat of epidemic is determined, please refer to the DPH Rules and Regulations for Schools and Childcare Facilities.