Board of Health adds extra hours

With the Aug. 6 start of the new school year just  days away, the DeKalb Board of Health is offer extra hours for parent to get back-to-school immunizations.

The department says its five health centers will open two extra hours from 8:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. from July 30 to Aug. 2 and from Aug. 6 to Aug. 8. 

On Aug. 3, all health centers and Vital Records will observe normal operating hours of 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to immunizations, families can get vision, hearing, dental and nutrition screenings as well as sports physicals for their children headed to school for the 2018-2019 school year.

 The county’s Vital Records office in the Richardson Health Center will also be open late for those needing birth certificates for children born in Georgia. No appointment is necessary.

Parents should bring each child’s immunization record and insurance card, and cash, a debit or credit card, or a check drawn from a Georgia bank. The Board of Health accepts Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids and State Health Benefit Plan (Blue Cross/Blue Shield and United HealthCare). Other insurance plans may be accepted. Call to verify.

The health center locations are:

 Clifton Springs Health Center, 3110 Clifton Springs Rd., Decatur.

 East DeKalb Health Center, 2277 S. Stone Mountain-Lithonia Rd., Lithonia.

 North DeKalb Health Center, 3807 Clairmont Rd., NE, Chamblee.

 Richardson Health Center (Vital Records), 445 Winn Way, Decatur.

 T.O. Vinson Health Center, 440 Winn Way, Decatur.

For more information, visit or call 404-294-3700.