Child Vaccinations

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Child Vaccinations Required for Back to School

Going back to school preparation comes with a long list of things to check off – everything from supplies and gear to clothes and shoes. One of the most important things to add to the list are child vaccinations. By Florida law, all children entering a preschool, public or private school (grades K-12), licensed childcare facility or daycare must have a completed Florida Certification of Immunization Form (DH 680 Form) which documents their immunization or exemption. All vaccinations require official documentation for the completion of enrollment, so make sure to schedule a trip to the clinic to get your child’s vaccines up to date.

Different Age, Different Shots

Naturally, each age group will require specific child vaccinations. Due to the various ways their bodies are growing and changing at different stages, children will be more susceptible to certain viruses and illnesses at some ages than others. Regardless, the importance of getting fully immunized with the proper child vaccinations will be key in keeping them and the children around them healthy throughout the year.

Daycare and Childcare Age

Children entering childcare or daycare require current immunizations in age-appropriate doses including:

  • Diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)
  • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)

Pre-K

Preschool aged children require child vaccinations in age-appropriate doses including:

  • Diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)
  • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)

Grades K-12

Children entering, attending or transferring to Florida schools in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade will require child vaccinations including:

  • Four or five doses of DTaP
  • Four or five doses of IPV
  • Two doses of MMR
  • Three doses of Hep B
  • One Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap)
  • Two doses of Varicella unless there is a past history of varicella disease (chickenpox) documented by a health care provider.

Additionally, students entering seventh grade in Florida schools must receive one Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination.

Child Vaccines and Other Care Made Convenient

At ProHealth, our greatest goal is to serve the medical needs of our community, no matter age or financial situation. We know that medical care is difficult to fit in when you’re already busy, so we strive to make the health of your family as affordable, convenient and simple as possible. At each of our facilities across the Gulf Coast, we provide services such as child vaccinations and a range of care including:

Contact your local ProHealth clinic to learn more about how the child vaccinations we offer can benefit you today!