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TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Health is encouraging all parents and guardians to check the immunization status and school requirements for their children.
As children and families across Florida prepare to start another school year, it is vital that all students have their required immunizations. Immunization documentation is required for all students in grades pre-Kindergarten (K) through 12.
"We encourage everyone to get your child up-to-date with their immunizations and not wait for the school rush," said Charles Alexander, section administrator of immunizations. "There is no time like the present to update children's immunizations and provide them with the required documentation to attend school."
The department emphasizes the importance of parents scheduling an appointment with a healthcare provider or county health department today, and not to wait until the last minute to schedule their children's back-to-school immunizations.
Accordingly, the Bureau of Immunization launched their new website, www.immunizeflorida.com, to bring together the best resources on vaccines and provide consumers with easy-to-understand vaccination information.
Documentation for required immunizations is mandatory for all students entering, attending, or transferring into a Florida school in grades pre-Kindergarten through 12 as detailed in the Immunization Guidelines for Florida Schools, Childcare Facilities, and Family Daycare Homes.