On the to-do list for families with kids heading back to school this fall is be sure vaccines are up to date.
Families who have a regular doctor or a medical home, and private insurance should get their children’s vaccines at those offices, said state health department officials.
Those who do not have insurance or do not have a health-care provider can receive vaccines from their local health departments, which serve as a safety net for those who don’t have health insurance.
Either way, health officials urge families not to delay, and avoid the last-minute, back-to-school rush and long lines.
"Parents should see annual physicals, interim check-ups or sports physicals as an opportunity to provide their children with any missing vaccines,” said Dr. Kevin Sherin, director of the Orange County health department, who wants to see all children protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. “Keep your children up-to-date on their immunizations and ready for school.”
“Immunizations are an important tool in preventing diseases that were once common in this country,” said Dr. Swannie Jett, health officer for the Seminole County health department. “We can all work toward keeping our community healthy and free of vaccine preventable diseases.”
The Orange County health department provides back-to-school immunizations Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 832 West Central Boulevard, Orlando. Due to the high demand, services are provided on a first-come, first-served, walk-in basis. Arrive early to get a walk-in ticket, said department spokesman Dain Weister.
In Seminole County, immunizations are available at the health department’s Sanford location, 400 West Airport Boulevard, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the second Thursday of each month services from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. They are also on a walk-in basis.
In Osceola County, residents can get immunizations at two locations: 105 N. Doverplum Ave., Poinciana, Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., by appointment only.
They may also get vaccines at 1875 Boggy Creek Rd, Kissimmee, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 pm, and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Currently immunizations are on a walk-in basis, but as of July 21 they will be by appointment only, said Osceola County health department spokeswoman, Camille Bissainthe.
To get an immunization, children must be accompanied by an adult family member or legal guardian, or come with a notarized permission form, signed by the parent or legal guardian. A copy of each child’s immunization record and government-issued, valid photo identification of the adult relative or legal guardian are required. Parents can avoid the lines and go directly to their primary care provider.
To be allowed at school, all students need a certified DH 680 immunization form. For those getting a vaccine, a form is provided at no charge. If a child only needs a DH 680 form but no vaccine there is a fee.
getting a vaccine, a form is provided at no charge. If a child only needs a DH 680 form but no vaccine there is a fee.
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