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Download 7th Grade Immunizations PosterSeventh graders are now required to have the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal (meningitis) vaccines prior to entering school.

Children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade and new entrants into Georgia schools in grades 8 through 12 must have received one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal vaccine. ("New entrant" means any child entering any school in Georgia for the first time or entering after having been absent from a Georgia school for more than 12 months or one school year).

For more information about this and all school required immunizations, go to the Georgia Department of Public Health website.

Shots are available at each of our health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties. Click above on the LOCATIONS tab to find health department contact and location information for each county.

TB_image2.jpgDalton, GA – Officials of North Georgia Health District 1-2 of the Georgia Department of Public Health have identified a single case of active tuberculosis (TB) in a resident of Whitfield County. The individual identified is receiving medication to treat the illness.
Health officials have begun identifying contacts of the individual with active TB and are working hard to ensure that any additional contacts in the community are identified and treated. Letters of notification have been sent to those who may have been exposed and testing is underway, beginning with the closest contacts and those contacts that could be at a higher risk for infection due to underlying medical conditions.
At this point in the investigation, health officials have not detected any further spread of TB related to this particular case.
“The Whitfield County Health Department and District health officials have been working diligently to identify and test individuals at risk of exposure based on guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said David Holland, M.D., medical consultant, Georgia Tuberculosis Program. TB disease progresses over the course of weeks or months, so there is no immediate risk to the public. The Georgia Tuberculosis Program has been monitoring the progress of the contact investigation and is confident that the county’s actions are guarding the health of the public.”


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50 years since the introduction of the measles vaccine, we are reminded that although measles was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000, the disease is still commonly transmitted in many parts of the world. Because measles continues to be brought into the U.S. by unvaccinated people who get infected while overseas, high vaccine coverage is critical for preventing measles cases and outbreaks, and protecting infants who are too young to get vaccinated. Read more below, and check with your health care provider to make sure your child is up-to-date on his or her vaccinations!


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