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Immunization Stories Videos

One day in May 2009, eight families affected by vaccine preventable diseases gathered in a small studio in New Jersey to share their stories.

These families were not paid for their efforts, nor were they told what to say. They all took the time from their lives to travel to New Jersey and share their stories with the hope that those watching might avoid the pain they have experienced.

The following vaccine preventable diseases are included in these stories:

Chickenpox (varicella)
Hepatitis B
HPV (human papillomavirus)
Whooping cough (pertussis)

The Immunization Department works hard to meet the mission of the Marion County Health Department by protecting the community from vaccine preventable diseases. The program provides immunization services throughout Marion County by:

  • Administering free immunizations to children from birth through 18 years of age. (Update your child's immunization before the school year starts).

Child Immunizations Schedule
CDC Video - Get The Picture: Childhood Immunizations
CDC Video - Personal Stories - Why Flu Vaccination Matters
Documentary, Immunizations: A Dose of Reality
The Immunization Baby Book

  • Administering immunization at a cost to adults 19 years of age and older.

  • Monitoring and tracking all vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Providing various informational and educational programs centered on vaccines and the importance of being protected against vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Participating in health-related events sponsored by concerned partners sharing a common focus of a healthy community.

  • Undertaking the role of health advocate and resource liaison to area private providers concerning immunization issues and guidelines

  • Educate and monitor private and public sector and provide consultative screening of immunization records along with vaccine handling and storage techniques.

  • Providing immunizations as well as record assessments and 680-issuance to parents/guardians of children.

  • Auditing 680 (blue forms) at area daycares, Head Start Programs, Preschools and public schools (Kindergarten through 12th Grade) to ensure that the children's immunizations are up-to-date.

  • Managing and maintaining the computer database that contains the immunization records of children and adults immunized along with reminding/recalling clients for due/overdue immunizations (immunization Registry - Florida SHOTS and Immunization Module).

Immunizations Supervisor: Jan Stepp


  • Infant Metabolic Screening (e.g., PKU, Sickle Cell)

  • TB Testing

  • Infant, pediatric and adolescent immunizations

  • Adult immunizations

  • Information regarding international travel immunization requirements

  • Flu vaccine - seasonal

  • Pneumonia Vaccine

  • Community Education

  • Day Care - Immunization and physical examination verification


  • No requirements


  • None for routine immunizations for population under 19 years of age

  • Fee for population 19 years and older based on actual vaccine cost, TB Test, Tetanus, Flu vaccine and pneumonia

  • Vaccine fee for all ages depending on Medicaid, Medicare and/or Insurance

  • PPD (TB test) (based on actual vaccine cost)


  • Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (Must be here by 4:15 to obtain shots)

The following links are provided for convenience only. Its use does not constitute an endorsement by the Marion County Health Department.

National Immunization Program
CDC What Vaccines Do You Need? (Interactive Quiz)
Bureau of Immunization

2013-2014 Immunization Requirement Update for Schools and Childcare Facilities provided as a PDF file (54K) requires the free Adobe Reader.

Vaccine Information For Parents - Will open in a new Window

Immunize Florida Flier provided as a PDF file (2142K) requires the free Adobe Reader.

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