Free Back-to-School Shots
OCALA- The Marion County Health Department is offering free back-to-school immunization clinics this summer.
The walk-in clinics are scheduled for 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1801 S.E. 32nd Avenue in Ocala. No appointment is needed, and the immunizations are free for children and young adults through age 18.
Parents should bring their child’s immunization records if they have them.
New health requirements mean that children may need an additional polio vaccination before they can enter kindergarten. Some other vaccination requirements
— Kindergarten through the fourth grade: two doses of the varicella vaccine.
— Grades five to 11: one dose of the varicella vaccine.
— Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) vaccine is required for grades 7 through 10.
— Students entering a Florida school for the first time should have two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines.
Alachua County offers free back to school vaccines year round.
For a complete list of required immunizations, visit the Florida Department of Health website at http://floridashealth.com/Disease_ctrl/immune/children. For information call the Marion County Health Department at 352-629-0137, ext. 2017.
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