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DOH-Marion hosts free school vaccine event

By Florida Department of Health

August 05, 2022

 

Ocala, Fla. — To help local families prepare for the upcoming school year, the Florida Department of Health in Marion County is hosting a vaccination event on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The vaccines are free and will be offered at the Department’s main office, 1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala. No appointment is necessary.

Marion County schools are back in session on Aug. 10.

DOH-Marion’s Immunizations clinic reminds parents of the following information about vaccines for students in either public or private schools. 

The Department reminds parents, guardians and caregivers that children entering, attending, or transferring to Florida schools in kindergarten through 12th grade must have received:

  • Four or five doses of DTaP (Diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis) series
  • Four or five doses of inactivated polio vaccine
  • Two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine
  • Three doses of the Hep B vaccine
  • One Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (or Tdap) vaccine
  • Two doses of the varicella (or chicken pox) vaccine. The varicella vaccine is not required if the student’s health care provider can supply DOH-Marion documentation of previous varicella disease infection.

The Tdap vaccine is mandatory for all students entering 7th grade.

For those who cannot attend the Aug. 6 event, DOH-Marion will continue to provide free vaccines for all children through age 18 between now and Aug. 12. The shots are given at our main office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Parents or guardians with questions about what vaccines their children have received or need may contact our Immunizations staff or obtain a copy of their shot records by visiting our main office.

For more information about the vaccination event or vaccination records, contact the Department at 352-629-0137 or at dlchd42immunizations@FLHealth.gov.

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