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.
Children enrolling in Kindergarten
All children entering 7th grade (including currently enrolled students) and new entrants to GA Schools grades 8-12
Children who are new enrollees in a GA school in grades other than Kindergarten
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
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.
This exemption requires a signed statement by the parent/guardian that vaccination conflicts with their religious tenets or practices.