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Don't delay — take care of vaccinations now

If you haven't already done so, it's time to get those required immunizations for your child. • Show up for the first day of school without them, and chances are your child will be sent home or spend the day in the school clinic. Not fun. • To get them, you'll need to make an appointment pronto at your child's pediatrician or pay a visit to the Pasco County Health Department, where immunizations are administered for free. All that is asked is that you bring your child's immunization record with you. • The Health Department also offers annual (well) physicals for $25 and sports physicals for $30. You might also want to check with your child's school to see if any local physicians are offering physicals at a discount price. Fees typically run about $10.

Pasco County Health Department Family Service Clinics

Hudson

11511 Denton Ave.

(727) 863-2444

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

New Port Richey

10841 Little Road

(727) 861-5260

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Land O'Lakes

4135 Land O'Lakes Blvd.

(813) 558-5173

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to noon; 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Dade City

13941 15th St.

(352) 521-1450

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

(Walk-ins for sports physicals will be during normal hours Aug. 11 and 14.)

Zephyrhills

4717 Airport Road

(813) 782-1740

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. (Closed the third Thursday of the month.) Walk-ins for sports physicals are Aug. 11 and 14 during normal office hours.

Immunization requirements

Pre-K (age-appropriate doses as indicated ):

• Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine

• Polio vaccine

• MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella)

• Hepatitis B vaccine

• Varicella vaccine (or date of disease)

• Haemophilus influenzae Type B (Hib) vaccine

• Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (effective Jan. 1 for children ages 2 to 59 months)

Kindergarten:

• Four or five doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine

• Three or four doses of polio vaccine

• Two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine

• Hepatitis B series

• Two doses of varicella vaccine (effective school year 2008-09)

1st- through 6th-grade students:

• Four or five doses DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus)

• Three or four doses polio vaccine (IPV, OPV)

• Two doses MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

• Hepatitis B series

• One dose of varicella vaccine or date of disease (year) as verified by parent or physician

7th- through 12th-grade students:

• Four or five doses DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus)

• Three or four doses polio vaccine (IPV, OPV)

• Two doses MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

• Hepatitis B series

• One dose Td (tetanus, diphtheria) or Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis

7th grade only:

• One dose varicella or date of disease

Immunization waivers

Students who are enrolling, and who have previously attended school in Florida, are granted a 30-day grace period for their previous records to arrive. Schools will have them complete a "30-day waiver" form. The parent or guardian signs a statement agreeing that if the information from the other record turns out to be incomplete, they will get the needed immunizations for their child.

Note: 30-day waivers are not applicable for first-time enrollees (i.e., kindergarten or pre-k) or Grade 7.

Homeless students are the only exception to this rule. Florida statute gives homeless students a 30-day grace period to comply.

Physicals

A physical exam report completed within one year before enrollment is required for any student who has never attended school in Florida in the past, i.e., kindergarten and out-of-state transfers. Homeless students are the only exception to this rule. Florida statute gives homeless students a 30-day grace period to comply.

The physical:

• Must include components of a general health examination.

• May be verified on any form, no specific legal requirements.

• May be completed and signed by any licensed health professional: physician (MD), osteopath (DO), physician's assistant (PA), advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) or chiropractor.

• Must be within one calendar year prior to enrollment.

• May be from any state in the United States.

Don't delay — take care of vaccinations now 08/02/08 [Last modified: Thursday, August 7, 2008 11:26am]
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