Flu Vaccine:

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. CDC estimates that flu-related hospitalizations since 2010 ranged from 140,000 to 710,000, while flu-related deaths are estimated to have ranged from 12,000 to 56,000. During flu season, flu viruses circulate at higher levels in the U.S. population. (“Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.) An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.

Pregnancy and Immunization:
If you’re pregnant or planning to conceive, it’s time to give your immunization history some attention. Some vaccine-preventable infections can pose a serious risk to your health and your unborn baby’s. Check with your doctor to see what you may be missing.

Travel Vaccine:
Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, and Upson County Health Departments are also registered travel clinics through CDC. If you are planning a trip out of the country, review CDC travel recommendations. Plan early! Give us a call because it can take up to a month to complete all travel vaccines needed.

How Can I find old immunization records?
Unfortunately, there is no national organization that maintains this information. Click here for tips on how to find old immunization records.

College Students:
Heading off to College? Visit the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia to find out information on immunizations required before beginning college.
CLICK HERE to learn about Immunization Requirements for the University System of Georgia.

Teen Immunizations:
It is important to monitor your child’s immunizations throughout all of their school years. New shots may have been added to the immunization schedule since your child started school.

Visit the Immunization Action Coalition’s page on teen immunizations: www.vaccineinformation.org/adolescents.asp for information.

Child Immunizations:
Georgia law requires all children entering school or day care to show proof of immunization. However, children should begin to receive vaccinations as infants so they can be protected during the preschool years.

Children’s Immunization Schedule:
Make sure to retain a copy of your child’s immunizations from your doctor or health department in case of an emergency.

Childhood Immunization Support Program:
www.cispimmunize.org

Immunization Action Coalition:
www.immunize.org/