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The School Health Services Program provides support to students in order to maximize their potential to learn and succeed in life. Healthy children have fewer absences and usually feel better about their ability to achieve and adjust to school demands. Services include nursing assessment, health counseling, parent consultations, and referral assistance.

Immunization Information

Florida law requires that students must have on file 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 a second dose of measles (preferably MMR)
  • HIB (haemophilus influenza type b) vaccination for children under five years of age.
  • Hepatitis B series is required through 12th grade.
  • Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, or documented history of the disease is now required through 5th 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 excluded from enrolling in school if they do not have these immunizations.

Transfer students

Florida Statutes authorize school officials to permit transfer 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) 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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