Officials with the Florida Department of Health say the department is encouraging parents to have their children immunized as the new school year approaches.
Those officials say that local county health departments statewide are providing free immunization services for eligible children who are entering school for the first time and those who are returning to class in the upcoming school year.
Parents of kindergartners and 7th graders are encouraged to review their children's immunization record to ensure they are ready for the upcoming school year.
Students entering college are also encouraged to ensure their immunizations are up to date.
Vaccines help develop immunity to many serious infectious diseases by enabling the body to recognize and fight vaccine-preventable diseases.
The following vaccines are required for children entering preschool and grades K-12: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, chickenpox, and hepatitis B.
Students entering college should check with the health services at their college regarding immunization requirements.
If your child is due for a vaccine, health officials encourage you to visit your family health care provider or one of the state's health department clinics.
You can also visit ImmunizeFlorida.org to learn more about immunizations your child may need, or call your local county health department to find out locations and times for immunization services available near you.