The Florida Department of Health in Lake County has a message they’re trying to get out, and the department is hopeful that parents will heed the message before the new school semester begins on Aug. 18.
That message is if they want to avoid long lines to get their children immunized, the department will offer immunizations at no cost on Aug. 9 and Aug. 16.
One will be at the Clermont Health Center, 875 Oakley Seaver Drive, on Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 362-989-9001 to learn more.
To take advantage of this service, a parent or guardian needs to bring the child’s current shot records with them.
Immunizations are required before children can start school. Before children can register for school, parents must provide documentation showing proof of vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis B, and polio diseases. Proper proof is considered a Florida Certificate of Immunization (form 680) which can be obtained from the child’s physician, or the family’s local public health department.
As of 2011, Florida also requires children to have a fourth polio vaccination, after their fourth birthday which has to be given before they start kindergarten. If the fourth dose of the polio vaccine is administered prior to the fourth birthday, a fifth dose of polio vaccine is required for entry into kindergarten. In addition, children entering kindergarten through sixth grade will need two varicella (chicken pox) vaccines.
In compliance with all other required immunizations, children entering, attending, or transferring to the seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelve grades in Florida schools must complete one dose of the tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.
On Aug. 9, DOH-Lake will have immunizations at the Umatilla Health Center, 249 E. Collins St. from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and at the Leesburg Health Center, 2113 Griffin Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On Aug. 16, immunizations will be done at both the Clermont Health Center and the Umatilla Health Center.
DoH-Lake County is also offering basic physicals for school, camp and sports at the Umatilla Health Center. The physicals will be offered Monday through Friday by appointment only at a cost of $25.00 and current immunizations record is required.
For more information, call 352-771-5500.
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