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Health department offering cheap school screenings

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett County Health Department is prepared to help families ensure their children are up to date on needed vaccinations and screenings before starting school this fall.

A child entering prekindergarten or private or public school for the first time must submit the following completed forms: Georgia Immunization form 3231 and Georgia Screening form 3300.

Students entering a public or private college or university should contact their institution for a list of requirements.

The cost for services through the health department are as follows:

* Hearing screening -- $15

* Vision screening -- $15

* Dental screening -- $10

* All three screenings -- $40

* Immunization fees start at $14.75 per shot.

All screenings and immunizations done through the health centers will be documented on the required form.

With proper documentation, records from hearing and vision screening conducted within the last 12 months can be transferred and placed on the needed form for a fee of $4.

Dental screenings records conducted within the last six months can also be transferred and placed on the needed form for a fee of $4.

Payment for health services may be made by cash, debit card or credit card (except American Express). Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids, and State Health Benefit Plan are also accepted.

Health centers were immunizations and other back-to-school services can be obtained include the Buford Health Center, 2755 Sawnee Ave.; the Lawrenceville Health Center, 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 300; and the Norcross Health Center, 5030 Georgia Belle Court, Suite 2071.

For more detailed information on services and clinic location and hours, visit www.EastMetroHealth.com.