ATLANTA - Georgia Department of Public Health officials say the agency is considering checking school vaccination records for errors and publishing a report when accurate data is available.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Georgia is among the states that doesn't publish student vaccination data online because the information is incomplete and in some cases inaccurate.
Georgia law generally requires students to be immunized from several diseases including whooping cough, measles and more. However, the newspaper reports that state officials do relatively little to check compliance with vaccination laws and leaves it to local health boards and school districts.
Department of Public Health Director of Health Protection Dr. J. Patrick O'Neal says the agency isn't planning vaccine education programs for schools with low vaccination rates and will leave that to local health departments.