Child Health

bigstockphoto_Adorable_Little_Playing_Doctor_91664(1)Troup County Health Department provides many services for the well-being of children in the Troup County area. These services include Health Checks, Safe Kids Program, Children First, Immunizations, and Health Screenings. If you have questions or need more information please contact us.
 

 

 

 

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This program is intended for children from birth to 21 years of age, who are Medicaid/Non Medicaid recipients. Special emphasis is placed on follow-up of high risk infants. These services are designed to maximize the potential level of developmental and health well-being of Georgia’s children. Our offices provides a comprehensive physical exam for children that includes developmental and nutritional assessments. Screening for lead, vision, hearing, and dental are a vital part of this clinic. We offer comprehensive physical examinations for infants and children including developmental and nutritional assessments


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Immunizations

How can I find old immunization records?

Unfortunately, there is no national organization that maintains this information. Learn more about how to find old immunization records.

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 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.

 


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preschooler2Health Screenings

The Health Department screens and issues the completed Form 3300, which is required for school attendance for every child. The main purpose of the Health Screening Program is to address the need to reduce the illness and associated academic failure from vision and/or hearing defects through early detection, referral, and intervention. Our office currently performs hearing, vision, and dental screenings.

Most schools are mandated to screen for hearing and vision. Some are required to screen for scoliosis, and many choose to screen for oral health problems. For all school screening programs, develop specific procedures for notifying and informing families and students about normal and abnormal results. Screenings should be carried out by trained individuals who follow clearly written protocols. Assure that appropriate referrals are made to students’ health care providers when needed.

The value of schools’ screening programs should be regularly assessed. Determine the extent to which families follow through with school referrals. Ascertain the outcome of community-based assessments that occur as a result of school referrals of students with positive screens. If results of such assessments show that a screening program is inadequate, work with public health officials and community health practitioners to update screening techniques, redesign screening procedures, and/or re-examine current mandates. Involve families in the process of adopting screening programs and designing the screening process.

It is often suggested that schools screen for numerous health-related problems in addition to mandated screens. In recent years this list includes mental health problems, substance abuse, hypertension, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma, tuberculosis, and head lice. Before implementing a school screening program, look for evidence that mass screening and school-based screening are effective and do not cause inadvertent harm. Evidence to support or oppose screening for many of the aforementioned health problems is still being developed. Work with public health authorities to evaluate the following before adopting a new screening program: difficulties incurred by not detecting the problem in school-age children through a screening process; the effectiveness of therapy available; the relative efficiency of the screening procedure; the specificitysensitivity, and positive predictive value of the screening tool; the relative efficiency of utilizing schools as the screening site; the availability of remediation and follow-up for all students with positive screening results; and the cost of the screening program.

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