Pasco County Health Department helps students keep immunizations up to date

Haven't made the appointment for those required immunizations? Then now's the time to hurry up and get on the phone to your family physician or the Pasco County Health Department.

The Health Department offers free children's immunizations at the five clinics listed below.

Call for immunization times or to schedule an appointment:

• 10841 Little Road, New Port Richey, (727) 861-5250.

• 11611 Denton Ave., Hudson, (727) 861-5661.

• 13941 15th St., Dade City, (352) 521-1450.

• 4135 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes, (813) 558-5173.

• 4717 Airport Road, Zephyrhills, (813) 780-0740.

Children must be accompanied by an adult relative or legal guardian to receive immunizations. A copy of each child's immunization record and photo identification of the adult relative or legal guardian are required.

Required immunizations for Pasco County students:

(Note: The immunization record must show that the student has met the minimum state requirements. For information on required childhood immunizations, visit http://tinyurl.com/pasco-immunizations)

Pre-K

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

Kindergarten, first and second grade

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

• 3 of 5 doses of polio vaccine.

• 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.

• Hepatitis B (2-3 doses)

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

Grades 3-6

• 4 of 5 doses DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus).

• 3 of 5 doses polio vaccine.

• 2 doses MMR (measles, mumps, rubella).

• Hepatitis B (2-3 doses).

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

Grades 7-12

• 4 of 5 doses DTaP.

• 3 of 5 doses polio vaccine.

• 2 doses MMR.

• Hepatitis B (2-3 doses).

Grades 7-8

• 1 dose Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis).

Grades 9-12

• 1 dose Td (tetanus, diphtheria) or Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis).

Grades 7-12

• 1 dose varicella or date of disease (year).

Recommended adolescent vaccination

• Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4).

Immunization waivers

Students who are enrolling, and who have previously attended school in Florida, are granted a 30-day period for their previous records to arrive. Schools will have them complete a "30 day waiver" form.

Parent or guardian signs a statement that they agree that when the records from the other school arrive, if the information in the record is incomplete, they will get the needed immunizations for their child.

Note: 30-day waivers are not applicable for first-time enrollees (ie: kindergarten or prekindergarten) 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 prior to enrollment is required for any student who has never attended school in Florida in the past, such as 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.

A physical exam can be from any state in the United States. It should:

• Include components of a general health examination.

• Be completed and signed by any licensed health professional: doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathic medicine, physician's assistant, advanced registered nurse practitioner or chiropractor.

• Be within one calendar year prior to enrollment.

Pasco County Health Department helps students keep immunizations up to date 07/31/10 [Last modified: Saturday, July 31, 2010 4:23pm]

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