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FDOH in Orange County urges parents to prepare for school year

Parents can have children vaccinated in upcoming community events

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Orange County said it is urging parents to prepare their children for the upcoming school year.

Working in collaboration with Orange County Public Schools, FDOH said parents can use their medical homes or private doctor to have their children vaccinated and avoid the last-minute back-to-school rush and long lines.

Families who do not have a medical home can click here for a list of children's medical providers.

"You can protect your children from vaccine preventable diseases all year round," said Dr. Kevin M. Sherin, director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. "Parents should see every encounter such as annual physicals, interim check-ups or sports physicals as an opportunity to provide their children with any missing vaccines. Keep your children up-to-date on their immunizations and ready for school."

FDOH said the following are community events where parents can have their children vaccinated and obtain their 680 form:

  • Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center (children 4 to 18 years old)
    445 West Amelia Street, Orlando 32801, 407-317-3200
    Tuesday to Thursday / Hours: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    July 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and Aug. 4, 5, 6
  • Taft Neighborhood Center for Families (children 2 months to 18 years old)
    9500 South Orange Avenue, Orlando 32824, 407-254-1960
    Monday to Friday / Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Aug. 10 through Sept. 4
  • Engelwood Neighborhood Center for Families (children 1 to 18 years old)
    6000 Stonewall Jackson Road, Orlando 32807, 407-736-1040
    Monday to Friday / Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Aug. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 3
  • Bithlo/Christmas Neighborhood Center for Families (children 4 to 18 years old)
    18510 Madison Avenue, Orlando 32820, 407-254-9400
    Monday to Thursday / Hours: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Aug. 17 through Aug. 20
  • Florida Department of Health in Orange County (children and adults from 2 months old)
    832 West Central Boulevard, Orlando 32805, 407-836-2502
    Monday to Friday / Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Parents are urged to arrive early to obtain a walk-in ticket as services are provided on a walk-in basis, officials said.

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, officials said.

A copy of each child's immunization record and government-issued, valid photo identification of the adult relative or legal guardian are required. Officials said children need to present ID as well on their first visit only. Parents can avoid the lines and go directly to their primary care provider.

A certified DH 680 immunization form is required for school entry and is provided free once vaccinations are received. Officials said if a client only needs a DH 680 form, an administrative fee may apply. You can also obtain this form at your child's doctor's office and the health departments' immunization clinics or medical records departments if your child is already up-to-date on their immunizations.

Call 407-836-2502 to obtain the list of acceptable forms of identification for children. For more information on childhood immunizations, click here.