Summer break is winding down and now is the time for students to get their immunizations before the back to school rush begins.
Florida health officials are encouraging parents to be proactive at getting their children vaccinated. The state is offering free immunization clinics for students entering school for the first time and those returning for the upcoming year.
“Vaccines provide the best defense to protect you and your family from the spread of infectious diseases,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “This summer, I encourage Florida's parents to get their kids ready for the school year by taking advantage of immunization services in our counties.”
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The following vaccines are required for children entering pre-school and grades K-12:
- pertussis (whooping cough)
- varicella (chickenpox)
- hepatitis B.
Students entering college should check with the health services at their college regarding immunization requirements.
If your child is due for a vaccine, please visit your child's healthcare provider or one of our health department clinics. Visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us/disease_ctrl/immune/children/schedules/school-requirements.html