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Don't wait for school shots

Department of Health wants parents to get their children immunized now

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla – The Florida Department of Health is encouraging parents to check their children's immunization records and to not wait until the last minute to get mandatory shots.

"We encourage everyone to get your child up-to-date with their immunizations and not wait for the school rush," said Charles Alexander, the section administrator of immunizations for the department.  

Documentation for required immunizations is mandatory for all students entering, attending, or transferring into a Florida school in grades pre-Kindergarten through 12 as detailed in the Immunization Guidelines for Florida Schools, Childcare Facilities, and Family Daycare Homes.

The department has also issued a public service announcement video with Alexander to help parents prepare.