South Florida back-to-school immunization information

UPDATE: The countdown is on to the start of the school year. Doctors say now is the time to make sure your child has the required shots needed before school starts.

Dr. Jose Vidal is a pediatrician at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach. He says it's important for children to get the required shots because they will be spending a lot of time with other children.

"You're going to the same bathrooms so all this brings a lot of different children or kids from different areas and that sets them up for infections," he says.

The requirements are different for immunizations and physicals depending on county and grade.

Palm Beach County

Martin County

St. Lucie County

Indian River County

Parents need to make sure schools get a Form DH 680 once their child gets shots.

The certificate of immunization is the only document schools can accept as proof a student has had all the required immunizations.


Information from: Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL—The 2014-2015 school year is quickly approaching and Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County is ready to help parents assure their students have the required immunizations.

Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming school year by reviewing students’ immunization records, and schedule an appointment with a medical provider, for a physical and to update any required vaccines.

Florida Health Palm Beach County offers immunizations to school aged children at all of its health centers and on the immunization van that travels throughout the county. 

The 2014-2015 school year requires all students in grades 7 to 12 to have proof of one dose of Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine or have documentation from a provider of having chickenpox.  These students also need proof of receiving one dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) Booster. All students in every grade should have received other vaccines like Mumps, Measles, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Polio and have an up to date form 680 on file as proof of receipt.

Florida Health Palm Beach County will be conducting immunization outreaches to help parents and children get vaccinated and their records up to date.  In addition to immunizations being offered at the Health Centers throughout the county, outreaches with the immunization van include the following locations:

• Sat., Aug 2: FoundCare Health Fair, 2330 Congress Ave., WPB, 9am-noon
• Thur., Aug 7: Carver Middle School, 101 Barwick Rd., Delray Beach 9:30am-1pm
• Sat., Aug 9, Family Carnival, Village Academy, 400 SW 12th St. Delray Beach 9:30am-2pm
• Thur., Aug 14., Northmore Elementary, 4111 N. Terrace Dr., WPB 10am-1pm
• Sat., Aug 16, Redemptive Life, 2101 N. Australian, WPB, 9am-1pm
• Thur., Aug 21, Victory Baptist, 4601 Forest Hill Blvd., WPB, 10am-1pm
• Sat., Aug 23, Grace Episcopal Church, 3600 Australian Ave., WPB, 9am-noon
Health Centers are located in Delray Beach, Lantana, West Palm Beach, Jupiter and Belle Glade

There is no charge for children’s immunizations for those who meet qualifications through 18 years old. Information and appointments can be obtained by calling 1-855-438-2778, 561-625-5180 or on the web at