Department of Health in Marion County offering evening, weekend back-to-school immunizations opportunities
July 17, 2018
OCALA, Fla.—Parents have an opportunity to get one back-to-school task marked off their lists soon—getting school immunizations. The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is offering several back-to-school immunizations clinics with evening and weekend hours in July and August to ensure students can get their needed shots before classes start.
The department will host the back-to-school clinics starting Saturday at its Ocala location (1801 SE 32nd Ave.) Residents can schedule appointments or come in as a walk-in client. The full schedule is as follows:
- Sat., July 21, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Wed., July 25, from 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
- Wed., Aug. 1, from 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
- Sat., Aug. 4, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Wed., Aug. 8, from 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Students entering kindergarten or attending or transferring to a Florida public school need the following vaccines:
- Four or five doses of DTaP (diptheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis)
- Four or five doses of IPV (inactivated polio vaccine)
- Two doses of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella)
- Three doses of Hepatitis B
- One dose of Tdap (tetanus-diptheria-acellular pertussis)
- Two doses of Varicella
All students entering seventh grade must have a Tdap booster (tetanus-diptheria-acellular pertussis). College immunization requirements can vary; entering students should contact their schools to see what is required. More information about requirements can be found at www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/immunization/children-and-adolescents/school-immunization-requirements.
When coming to get immunizations, individuals need to bring government-issued photo ID and all immunizations and travel records. A parent, guardian or individual who has power of attorney for medical consent must accompany anyone under age 18. A step parent, grandparent, adult sibling of the minor, or an aunt or uncle can bring a minor child in for immunizations if they have written consent from the parent, legal guardian, or individual with power of attorney for medical consent; the parent, guardian or individual who has power of attorney must be reachable via telephone in this situation.
For more information, call the Department of Health in Marion County’s Immunizations Clinic at 352-644-2695 or 352-644-2770.