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Time for Back to School Vaccinations

By Jennifer S. Sexton

July 25, 2019

July 25, 2019

 

Time for Back to School Vaccinations

Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County reminds parents and caregivers to check the immunization status and school requirements for their children.

 

Contact:
Jennifer S. Sexton
jennifer.sexton@flhealth.gov
(941) 624-7200 ext. 7279

 

Port Charlotte, Fla. — The school year is almost here, but will your child be ready? Besides shopping for school supplies and new sneakers, your back-to-school checklist should include making sure your child’s health record is up to date.

 

“Vaccinations are a valuable public health resource, are cost-effective, and can help stop the spread of preventable disease throughout the community,” said Joseph Pepe, interim Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County. “I encourage Charlotte County parents to review their child’s vaccination records and requirements and work closely with their medical provider.”

 

Vaccines help develop immunity to countless infectious diseases by enabling the body to recognize and fight vaccine-preventable diseases. Students entering kindergarten and 7th grade, as well as new residents to Charlotte County, may be due for additional vaccines. If your school-aged child is due for a vaccine, please visit your child’s health care provider or the Department of Health.

 

Vaccinations are free for children at the Florida Department of Health’s immunization clinic, 1100 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte. A $10 administration fee will be billed to Medicaid or private insurance.

 

Appointments for back to school vaccinations are available at the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and can be scheduled in advance by calling 941-624-7200. While same-day appointments will be offered from July 29 through August 9, caregivers are encouraged to call ahead.

 

Parents and caregivers will need to bring photo ID, insurance card, child’s social security card, proof of legal guardianship, if applicable, as well as the child’s previous shot records when they come for vaccinations.


 

These are the state requirements (immunizations are cumulative):

 

PREKINDERGARTEN

KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST THROUGH SIXTH GRADE

SEVENTH THROUGH 12TH GRADE

Four DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)

Five DTP (last dose on or after 4th birthday)

Five DTP

Three polio

Four polio (last dose on or after 4th birthday)

Four polio (last dose on or after 4th birthday)

Four Hib (haemophilus influenzae Type B)

Two MMR

Two MMR

One MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

Three Hepatitis B

Three Hepatitis B

Three Hepatitis B

Two varicella (chicken pox)

One TDaP

One varicella (chicken pox)

 

Two varicella (chicken pox)

 

 

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