The Georgia Department of Public Health has immunization requirements for those who attend child care, pre-school, and school. The state’s immunization requirements follow the current schedule published by the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices (ACIP) and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Children enrolling in child care facilities, pre-school, pre-Kindergarten

Infants entering child care facilities must be up to date at the time of enrollment and are required to provide an updated certificate after completing all of the required vaccines due no later than 18 months of age.

  • Hepatitis B (HBV)

  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP, or DT if appropriate)

  • Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV)

  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) – age younger than 5 years only

  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) – age younger than 5 years only

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella – 1 dose of each, normally given together as MMR

  • Varicella – 1 dose or credible history of disease

  • Hepatitis A – 1 dose, required by 18 months of age or older

Children enrolling in Kindergarten
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)

  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP, or DT if appropriate)

  • Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV) – final dose on or after the 4th birthday

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella – 2 doses of each, normally given together as MMR

  • Varicella – 2 doses or credible history of disease

  • Hepatitis A – 2 doses, spaced at least 6 – 18 months apart

All children entering 7th grade (including currently enrolled students) and new entrants to GA Schools grades 8-12
  • Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster (Tdap) – evidence of one Tdap dose given any time before 7th grade entry is required regardless of Td history

  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine

Children who are new enrollees in a GA school in grades other than Kindergarten
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)

  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP, or DT if appropriate)

  • Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV – final dose on or after the 4th birthday

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella – 2 doses of each, normally given together as MMR

  • Varicella – 2 doses or credible history of disease

  • New students entering grades other than 7th grade are not required to have Tdap

Immunization Exemptions

Georgia law allows exemptions for medical reasons and religious beliefs.

The immunization record for each vaccine dose must include the complete date and the doctor or clinic name. The statutes and rules governing school immunization requirements are: Rules of the Department of Public Health – Chapter 511-2-2

Medical

Physicians (MD or DO) or Public Health Nurses are authorized to indicate specific vaccines medically exempted (because of risk of harm) on the certificate. Other vaccines remain required. The medical reason for the exemption does not need to be provided.

Religious

This exemption requires a signed statement by the parent/guardian that vaccination conflicts with their religious tenets or practices.

Religious beliefs exemption form
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Forma de exención para creencias religiosas
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