Affordable back-to-school medical services available

COVINGTON — Some parents need to get their children vaccinated before school starts back, and they have options in the area.

Georgia law requires children enrolling in prekindergarten or school to have specific vaccinations and screenings.

The health departments in the East Metro Health District, which serves Newton, Rockdale and Gwinnett counties, can help prepare and ensure area children are up-to-date on needed vaccinations and screenings prior to starting school.

A child entering pre-k, private or public school for the first time must submit the following completed forms: Georgia Immunization Form 3231 and Georgia Screening Form 3300, the Georgia Certificate of Eye, Ear and Dental Examination.

The cost for these services through the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments are $15 for the hearing and vision screening and $10 for the dental screening, which are on the required form 3300.

With proper documentation, records from previous hearing and vision screening conducted within the last 12 months can be transferred and placed on the needed form for a fee of $4. Previous dental screenings records conducted within the last six months can also be transferred and placed on the needed form for a fee of $4.

All immunizations provided through the East Metro health centers will be documented on the required Georgia Form 3231.

Children who do not meet Georgia requirements can be vaccinated with the needed immunizations starting at $14.75 per shot.

Students entering a public or private college or university should contact their institution for a list of health requirements.

Payment for health services at the health departments may be made by cash, debit card or credit card, except American Express. Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids and State Health Benefit Plan also are accepted.

Area health departments where immunizations and other back-to-school services can be obtained are the Covington Health Center at 8203 Hazelbrand Road in Covington or the Conyers Health Center at 985 Taylor St. in Conyers. Other health departments in the east metro district are located in Gwinnett County in Buford, Lawrenceville and Norcross.

For more detailed information on services and clinic location and hours, visit www.EastMetroHealth.com.