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Florida Department of Health offering free immunization for school kids

Florida Department of Health offering free immunization for school-age kids
Florida Department of Health offering free immunization for school-age kids
William E. Lewis Jr.

With ten days until kids in Broward are back in session, the Florida Department of Health is offering free immunizations for school-age children, according to EyesOnNews on Friday.

Prior to being enrolled in school or childcare, Florida law requires certain vaccines be administered to children.

The free immunizations will be offered at the Lauderhill Mall – located at 1267 North West 40th Avenue, Lauderhill, FL 33313, through August 19th.

Vaccinations will be offered Mondays through Wednesdays and on Fridays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Extended hours are available on Thursday, August 14th from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

While an appointment is not necessary, each child must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian and provide an immunization record.

Children unable to provide proof of immunization can obtain a copy of their D.H. Form 680 – which contains the immunizations required to attend Florida schools – through Florida SHOTS, the State Online Tracking System.

Parents can now log onto the Florida SHOTS secure server directly and print electronically certified copies of D.H. Form 680 from their home computers if their health-care provider is a participating physician.

Electronically certified shot records are available for quick access with a registry-issued ID and pin number.

“Last year over 3,000 children were immunized in Broward County as a result of the Department of Health program,” Dr. Simon C. Wong, a Coral Springs primary care physician told Examiner. “"Beat the back-to-school rush and get your children vaccinated."

Broward schools are back in session on Monday, August 18th.

For more information or to learn about the various programs offered by the Florida Department of Health, please visit their website.