Brevard Department of Health Reminds Residents of Importance of Back to School Vaccinations

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Students entering college are also encouraged to ensure their immunizations are up to date

The Florida Department of Health in Brevard encourages parents to have their children immunized as the new school year approaches. Parents of kindergartners and 7th graders are encouraged to review their children’s immunization records to ensure they are ready for the upcoming school year. (FDOH image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida Department of Health in Brevard encourages parents to have their children immunized as the new school year approaches.

Local county health departments statewide are providing free immunization services for eligible children who are entering school for the first time and those who are returning to class in the upcoming school year.

Parents of kindergartners and 7th graders are encouraged to review their children’s immunization records to ensure they are ready for the upcoming school year.

Students entering college are also encouraged to ensure their immunizations are up to date.

“We’ve noticed a substantial drop in the number of immunizations provided to children prior to the start of the school year as compared to previous years,” said Maria Stahl, DOH-Brevard Health Officer.

“Now, more than ever, parents should ensure that their children receive all their vaccinations according to the recommended schedule.”

“Vaccinations protect the health of the child, friends, classmates, and community members.”

DOH-Brevard offers immunizations Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Viera, Melbourne, and Titusville clinics on a walk-in basis, no appointments needed.

Vaccines help develop immunity to many serious infectious diseases by enabling the body to recognize and fight vaccine-preventable diseases.

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

Florida SHOTS is a free, statewide, centralized online immunization registry that helps health care providers, parents, and schools keep track of immunization records to ensure that patients of all ages receive the vaccinations needed to protect them from dangerous vaccine- preventable diseases.

Florida SHOTS makes it easier to keep up with your child’s immunization history—even when moving or switching doctors.

The registry is endorsed by the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, Florida Association of Health Plans, Inc., Florida Medical Association, Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, and the Florida Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics.

If your child is due for a vaccine, please visit your family health care provider or one of our health department clinics. Visit ImmunizeFlorida.org to learn more about immunizations your child may need.

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