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immunization requirements

Florida law requires that students must have on file a Florida Certification of Immunization (DH Form 680) or have an exemption on file at their school.

To meet the requirements for Florida certification of immunization, a child must have the following:

  • At least four doses of the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine with the last dose given on or after the fourth birthday (otherwise, a fifth dose is required).
  • At least three doses of OPV (polio) vaccine with the last dose given on or after the fourth birthday (otherwise, a fourth dose is required).
  • The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine given on or after the first birthday with a definite recorded date. If the MMR vaccine was given before the first birthday or a definite recorded date is not listed for the MMR vaccine, revaccination is required. Kindergarten through 12th-grade students will be required to present proof of two doses of the MMR vaccine.
  • HIB (haemophilus influenza type b) vaccination for children under five years of age.
  • Hepatitis B series is now required to attend pre-school through 6th grade.
  • Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, or documented history of the disease is required to attend pre-school through 3rd grade.

The required immunizations are available at the Duval County Health Department's Immunization Center at 5222 North Pearl Street, (904-359-3814).

Seventh through 12th-grade students are prohibited from enrolling in school if they do not have proof of immunizations.

Transfer students
Florida laws authorize school officials to permit transfers of students who present proof of measles vaccination to attend school up to 30 school days until their records can be obtained UNLESS the student is transferring into a grade covered by a policy for two doses of measles vaccine and/or documentation of Hepatitis B vaccine series or Varicella. Students transferring into 7th - 12th grades require an additional proof of a recent Tetanus-diphtheria booster.

All students entering, attending or transferring into the 7th through 12th grades must have documented proof on a Florida Certificate of Immunization (DH680-Part A-2) that include the following:

  • Recent Tetanus-diphtheria booster,
  • Second dose of measles (preferably MMR) and
  • the Hepatitis B vaccine

or have an exemption. Otherwise the student is excluded from school.

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