Information Provided By Community Relations Officer Ashley Moore
The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County (DOH-Seminole) is urging parents to prepare their children now for this upcoming school year. Parents may visit their child’s medical provider or the health department to obtain their required vaccines and school physicals for school entry and help keep their children safe from vaccine preventable diseases. “Up-to-date immunizations are very important to keep children safe and ready for school. A higher number of vaccinated children will make it less likely for a disease to spread from person to person, which is known as community immunity,” said Donna Walsh, health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County. “It is important to continue protecting our children from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like pertussis, mumps and measles.” Immunizations and school physicals are available at DOH-Seminole located at 400 W. Airport Boulevard in Sanford, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3:30 pm. To make an appointment call (407) 665-3700. Due to the high demand for immunizations from July 23rd through August 14th, services are provided on a first come, first served, walk-in basis. You may experience a longer wait during this period. Children must be accompanied by an adult family member or legal guardian to receive immunizations. If not, a notarized permission form, signed by the parent or legal guardian, must be presented before services are rendered. A copy of each child’s immunization record and government-issued, valid photo identification of the adult relative or legal guardian are required. Parents may also visit their primary care provider to avoid possible long wait times. A certified DH 680 immunization form is required for school entry and is provided with immunizations. You can obtain this form at your child’s medical provider or though the immunization clinic at the health department. Immunization services are available for low-cost administrative fees at the health department. Families with private insurance assigned to a medical home or HMO provider are encouraged to go to their doctor for immunizations as the health department is a safety net for those without health care coverage. For more information on childhood immunizations visit www.seminolecohealth.com .