WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Broward and Palm Beach County health departments are offering free back-to-school immunizations around South Florida this month before kids return to classes on Aug. 20.
"Beat the back-to-school rush and get your child immunized now," said Candy Sims, spokeswoman for the Broward County Health Department.
In Broward, immunizations will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Sunrise Fire Rescue, 6800 Sunset Strip, Sunrise; and Monday through Thursday at Lauderhill Fire Rescue, 1980 NW 56 Ave. in Lauderhill.
Additional clinics will be offered through Aug. 20 in Oakland Park, Lauderhill, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Coconut Creek, Sunrise, Lauderdale Lakes and Pembroke Pines. The schedule is listed on the health department website at Browardchd.org or call 954-467-4705.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and should have previous immunization records, Sims said. Physicals and vaccinations will not be offered at county health centers this year, she said.
The van will be stationed around the county Tuesdays through Saturdays through Aug 30. The schedule is posted on the health department's website at PBCHD.com.
"It's crunch time," said Tim O'Connor, spokesman for the Palm Beach County Health Department.
"Our nurses go over the child's records and evaluate what's needed based on the child's age. It's a good idea to do this early because the evaluation process takes time, about 30 minutes, and it's better to do shots early, rather than later," he said.
Immunizations also will be offered at county health centers in Delray Beach , Lantana, Belle Glade and Jupiter. Call 561-840-4568 for appointments. Physicals and wellness exams are offered in centers for $35, he said.
Children entering or attending pre-kindergarten through 12 t h grades are required to provide a Florida Certification of Immunization Form DH 680, according to the Florida Department of Health.