Parents still have an opportunity to get a crucial back-to-school task taken care of before school starts – immunizations.
The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is offering two back-to-school immunizations opportunities within the month to help children get immunized before the first day of school.
The department will be providing immunizations by appointment on the following dates:
- Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Florida Department of Health in Marion County (1801 S.E. 32nd Ave. in Ocala); and
- Saturday, Aug. 22, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Florida Department of Health in Marion County (1801 S.E. 32nd Ave. in Ocala).
To make an appointment to receive immunizations, call (352) 644-2695 or (352) 644-2770 (Español) during normal business hours Monday through Friday.
Students entering kindergarten or attending or transferring to a Florida public school need the following vaccines:
- Four or five doses of DTaP (diptheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis);
- Four or five doses of IPV (inactivated polio vaccine);
- Two doses of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella);
- Three doses of hepatitis B; and
- Two doses of varicella (unless a history of varicella is documented by a healthcare provider).
All students entering seventh grade must have a Tdap booster (tetanus-diptheria-acellular pertussis).
College immunization requirements can vary, so entering students should contact their schools to see what is required. More information about requirements can be found at www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/immunization/children-and-adolescents/school-immunization-requirements.
The Vaccines for Children program provides vaccines at no cost for children up to age 18 if the child is eligible for Medicaid, uninsured, underinsured (e.g. insurance doesn’t cover vaccines) or an American Indian or Alaskan Native.
When coming to get immunizations, individuals need to bring government-issued photo ID and all immunizations and travel records. A parent, guardian or individual who has power of attorney for medical consent must accompany anyone under age 18. A stepparent, grandparent, adult sibling of the minor, or an aunt or uncle can bring a minor child in for immunizations if they have written consent from the parent, legal guardian or individual with power of attorney for medical consent. The parent, guardian or individual who has power of attorney must be reachable via telephone in this situation.
For more information, call the Department of Health in Marion County’s Immunizations Clinic at (352) 644-2695 or (352) 644-2770 (español).