As the new school year quickly approaches, the Florida Department of Health in Marion County (DOH-Marion) is offering local parents an opportunity to get their children vaccinated.
The free vaccines, which are available now through Friday, August 12 for all children up to the age of 18, will be administered at DOH-Marion’s main office (1801 SE 32nd Avenue in Ocala) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
DOH-Marion’s Immunizations clinic is reminding parents that children entering, attending, or transferring to Florida schools in kindergarten through 12th grade must have received the following:
- Four or five doses of the DTaP (Diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis) series.
- Four or five doses of the inactivated polio vaccine.
- Two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.
- Three doses of the Hep B vaccine.
- One Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (or Tdap) vaccine.
- Two doses of the varicella (or chicken pox) vaccine. The varicella vaccine is not required if the student’s health care provider can supply DOH-Marion with documentation of a previous varicella disease infection.
All students entering seventh grade this year must receive a Tdap booster.
Parents who are unsure of their child’s vaccination status may obtain a copy of their child’s shot records from the DOH-Marion Immunizations clinic.
For more information about school vaccines, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Marion County via phone (352-629-0137) or email ([email protected]).