Vaccinations for Kindergarten Through 12th Grade

Avoid Long Lines and Crowded Waiting Rooms

Vaccinations for children (under 18) are offered at no cost to you! The Florida Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is federally administered and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases to provide vaccines to children at no cost to the parent/guardian.

Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Vaccines (children entering, attending, or transferring to Florida schools):

  • Four or five doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine
  • Three or four doses of polio vaccine
  • Two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine
  • Two or three doses of hepatitis B vaccine
  • One dose of varicella vaccine* (kindergarten effective school year 2001-2002, then each year an additional grade)
  • Two doses of varicella vaccine* (kindergarten effective school year 2008-2009, then each year an additional grade)


*Varicella vaccine is not required if there is a history of varicella disease documented by the healthcare provider.

Visit our school health page for more information on what your child needs before he/she attends school.


Nurse and children

11-12 year-old vaccines:

  • Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap)
  • Meningococcal vaccine (MCV4)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine

The Bureau of Immunization offers a brochure about Adolescent Shots. (link opens in new window)

If this is your first visit for immunizations, bring child's social security card and past shot records.



Make an appointment at a health department clinic:

6868 San Casa Drive
(941) 681-3750
Port Charlotte
1100 Loveland Blvd.
(941) 624-7200

Punta Gorda
514 East Grace Street
(941) 639-1181

For information after business hours please call 941-624-7200.

Department of Health Mission: To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

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