The Fulton County Health Department is offering required back-to-school vaccinations for students on weekdays through Aug. 19 at health centers in Alpharetta and College Park.

Vaccinations for schoolchildren are required by state law, and students. Information on which vaccines are required at a particular age can be found at All children born on or after Jan. 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade, and children who are new entrants into a Georgia school in grades 8 through 12, must have received one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine.

The county is providing vaccines on a first-come, first-serve basis Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at two health centers: North Fulton Regional Health Center, 3155 Royal Drive, Suite 125, Alpharetta; and the College Park Regional Health Center, 1920 John Wesley Avenue, College Park.

Families may pay for the vaccinations and required certificates using cash or credit/debit cards. Medicaid and private insurance are accepted.

To make the vaccination appointment run smoothly, parents should:

  • Bring their children to the clinic for vaccinations and also bring them back when they are coming to pick up immunization certificates. Sometimes vaccinations need to be updated.
  • Bring photo identification for the parents and identification for the children.
  • Be sure to bring your insurance or Medicaid cards.
  • Bring proof of income, if uninsured.  Sliding-scale fees are available.
  • Please be prepared for a two-hour appointment time.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.