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TREASURE COAST -- As parents begin preparations for the new school year, the Florida Department of Health is urging parents to make sure their children's immunizations are up to date.
Certain immunizations and a recent physical are required for school entry into kindergarten. Students entering the seventh grade are required to have a Tdap booster which provides protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Proof of immunizations from a physician's office on a 680 form is required.
"We want all kids to start school on time, so we urge parents not to wait until the last minute to get immunizations," said Maureen Ryan, assistant director for Community Health. "If parents have already obtained the required vaccinations for their child, we ask that they turn in the 680 form from their physician to their school as soon as possible, so it can be processed prior to the start of the school year."
Parents are urged to contact their child's pediatrician and schedule an appointment to obtain the required vaccinations and 680 form.
Some community urgent care centers are also offering back to school physicals and immunizations.