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Florida Department of Health Reminds Residents of the Importance of Back to School Vaccinations

By Deanna Krautner

July 29, 2015


PASCO---The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County encourages parents to have their children immunized early to avoid the back-to-school rush.  Parents of kindergartners and 7th graders are encouraged to review their children’s immunization record to ensure they are ready for the upcoming school year.  If you don’t have a copy of your child’s immunization records, ask your provider about Florida Shots, the database that records immunizations.  Students entering college are also encouraged to ensure their immunizations are up to date.

"Back to school vaccinations help protect children and families from the spread of infectious disease in our community,” said Mike Napier, County Health Officer. "Don’t wait; the best choice is to get into your child’s provider now for your back to school needs.  If there is a barrier for your child to get vaccinated the health department does offer immunizations as well.”

The following vaccines are required for children entering pre-school and grades K-12: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella, polio, varicella (chickenpox) and hepatitis B.  Students entering college should check with health services at their respective college regarding immunization requirements.

If your child is due for a vaccine, please visit your child’s health care provider or one of our health department clinics. Call your closest local county health department to find out locations and times for immunization services available near you.

For more information on upcoming back-to-school immunization events please visit