New Vaccines Added to Growing List

Vaccine requirements have been expanded for children in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Human Resources Board recently approved the additions.

The changes include a second dose of the chickenpox vaccine and of the mumps vaccine. Plus a shot for hepatitis A and pneumonia.

The new requirements will affect all children attending childcare, pre-K, head start and school facilities. "We've learned that if we make things a requirement, the compliance level is really high," said Chatham County immunization coordinator Marianne Pappas. "Ninety-eight to ninety nine percent of children are up to date in shots in schools and child care."

The new vaccinations go into effect July 1. Parents can find more information on the new vaccines on the Coastal Health District's web site at Click on the "immunizations and vaccinations" under quick links on the front page.

Children can get vaccinated at their doctor's office or their county health department. Parents may contact their doctor or health department for more information about requirements specific to their child.

Reported by: Melanie A. Ruberti,