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Immunization requirements for students

*Effective for the 2012-13 school year, there must be documentation of at least one polio vaccine administered on or after the 4th birthday for students entering kindergarten only.

Pre-K

(age-appropriate doses as indicated):

• Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine

• Polio vaccine

• MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella)

• Hepatitis B vaccine

• Varicella vaccine (or date of disease)

• Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine

• Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine (Prevnar) (Effective Jan. 1, 2008, for children age 2 to 59 months)

Kindergarten through grade 4

• 4-5 doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine

• 3-5 doses of polio vaccine (last one after age 4)

• 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine

• Hepatitis B (3 doses)

• 2 doses of varicella vaccine or date of disease (year) as verified by parent or health care provider

Grades 5-6

• 4-5 doses DTP or DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)

• 3-5 doses polio vaccine

• 2 doses MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)

• Hepatitis B (2-3 Doses)

• 1 dose of varicella vaccine or date of disease (year) as verified by parent or health care provider

Grades 7-12

• 4-5 doses DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)

• 3-5 doses polio vaccine

• 2 doses MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)

• Hepatitis B (2-3 doses)

Grade 7 only

1 dose TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis booster)

Grades 8-12 only

1 dose TDaP if 7th grade requirement has not been met

Grades 7-12 only

1 dose varicella or date of disease (year)

Recommended adolescent vaccinations

• Meningococcal vaccine can protect against bacterial meningitis, a serious and highly contagious infection that can become deadly in a short period of time. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that adolescents receive initial vaccination at age 11 or 12 years, with a booster at age 16.

• Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can protect against the types of HPV that cause most cervical or anal cancers. The CDC recommends that this vaccination be given to both boys and girls at age 11 or 12, in a series of three doses over a period of 6 months.

• Flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming flu season. The CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine each year. Preteens and teens should get a flu vaccine in the fall or as soon as it is available each year.

Immunization waivers

Students who have previously attended school in Florida are granted a 30-day period of time for their previous records to arrive. Schools will have the parent complete a 30-day waiver form. Parent/guardian agrees that when records from the previous school arrive, if the vaccination record is incomplete or cannot be located, they must provide proof of immunization for their child.

Physicals

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

The physical form must be completed and signed by a licensed health care professional, such as a medical doctor, an osteopath, a physician's assistant, an advanced registered nurse practitioner or a chiropractor.

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