Columbia County Health Department Walk-In Clinic Hours:
July 30 and Aug. 1 to Aug. 7
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
1930 William Few parkway
Grovetown, Ga 30813
Richmon County Back-to-School Clinic:
Now through Aug. 10
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
950 Laney Walker Blvd.
Augusta, GA 30901
News 12 This Morning / Wednesday, July 25, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's not a doctor's visit any child likes.
Getting shot with vaccines that help protect against deadly diseases requires a stockpile of cute stickers, colorful Band-Aids and a full staff of nurses to ease the pain.
"We will start back-to-school immunizations walk-in clinic for Columbia County. We expect it to get extremely busy," said Linda Graves, the Columbia County manager.
Packed with parents like Hillary Barstow, a mother of three young girls entering school soon.
"I have to work and everything. I have to get it done early," Barstow said.
She's beating the back-to-school rush, but her oldest daughter Gabriella would rather delay.
"I don't like it," she said.
If you just moved to the area or have a young child entering school for the first time, they will need the following shots:
"We need those previous immunization records. We ask that if they are new, that they bring those records in prior to coming for a visit," Graves said.
If they miss any shots, they can't go to school.
"Then the school will not accept them, therefore parents have to take time off from work then maybe a waiting period, so that is more time out of school," Graves explained.
That's why nurses strongly urge parents to take advantage of the walk-in clinic hours starting July 30 and then continuing Aug. 1 through the 7th.
Graves said they expect 200 to 300 visitors to the health department per day.
Barstow is glad she came in early.
"It is aggravating, but I did it today, so she's good," Barstow said.
Come Aug. 7, it'll be painless to send her daughter to school.