We Care Pediatric posts regular updates concerning the latest information on vaccines and vaccination schedules for children. You are encouraged to check our web site often for the most recent news on children's vaccinations.

Children Enrolled in Child Care Facilities

New immunization rules are in effect for children enrolled in child care facilities (includes head start and prekindergarten) effective July 1, 2007. All children attending child care facilities are required to meet the following new vaccine requirements:

  1. If your child is under five (5) years of age, he must have protection against pneumococcal disease. He will need the Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine (PCV). The number of doses needed will depend on the child's age.
  2. If your child was born on or after January 1, 2006 and attends child care facilities (including Pre-K), he must have two (2) doses of Hepatitis A (Hep A) vaccine or laboratory proof of immunity.
  3. Contact your child care facility about your child's Certificate of Immunization (Form 3231) and the expiration date. When the certificate expires, he will be required to meet the new immunization requirements.
  4. If your child is currently enrolled in a 4-year-old pre-K program and has a certificate marked as "Complete for School," he may need to obtain the 2nd doses of varicella and mumps vaccines and will need to submit documentation of meeting the new requirements on the Georgia Certificate of Immunization upon entry to school (5-year-old kindergarten).
  5. Contact your health care professional to receive any needed vaccinations and to obtain a new Certificate of Immunization(Form 3231). Photocopies are accepted.

Rules for Sixth (6th) Grade Students

All children entering 6th grade (on or after July 1, 2007) are required to meet the following new requirements:

  1. Have two (2) doses of Measles vaccine, two (2) doses of Mumps vaccine, and one (1) dose of Rubella vaccine or laboratory proof of immunity against Measles, Mumps or Rubella.
  2. Have two (2) doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or documentation of disease or laboratory proof of immunity. At the time your child entered school only one (1) dose of this vaccine was required.
  3. Contact your health care provider to receive any needed vaccinations and to obtain the Georgia Certificate of Immunization (Form 3231).

Vaccinate your children early and beat the back to school rush!

Schedule Overview

Childhood Immunization Schedule
Adolescent Immunization Schedule
Additional information and an immunization "catchup" schedule may be downloaded:

Childhood Schedule   here
Adolescent Schedule   here
Catchup Schedule   here