injecting_drugs.jpegWith the start of the 2012-2013 school year, parents are reminded to check immunization and school physical requirements.

For the 2012-2013 school year, 11th-grade students now are required to have proof of a varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.  Seventh-, eighth-, ninth and 10th-graders will need proof of a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) booster, and all students should have received other vaccines such as mumps, measles, rubella, hepatitis B, polio and their form 680 on file as proof of receipt. Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming school year by reviewing students’ immunization records, updating any required vaccines and scheduling school physicals.

The Palm Beach County Health Department Health Centers offer vaccination services. School physicals and wellness exams are also available for a flat rate of $35. There is no charge for immunizations for children who meet qualifications through 18 years old. In addition to health centers throughout the county, the department will conduct outreaches at other locations to help children get vaccinated and their records up to date. For more information visit pbchd.com or call 800-810-1225.

The Broward County Health Department notes that it is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it; that vaccines prevent disease in the people who receive them, protect those who come into contact with unvaccinated individuals, help prevent infectious diseases, and save lives.

For immunization locations call 954-467-4705, 954-788-6140 or visit browardchd.org/VaccinationLocations.aspx

The Miami-Dade County Health Department offers free vaccines for youths up to age 18 as well as for adults.

For back-to-school clinic locations and schedules visit dadehealth.org or call 786-845-0550. Bring your child’s shot records and arrive early.

11th grade
•    varicella
(chickenpox)
vaccine

7th, 8th, 9th, 10th grade
•    tetanus/
diphtheria/
pertussis
(Tdap)
booster
and vaccines such as
•    mumps
•    measles
•    rubella,
•    hepatitis B
•    polio

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