Use the following instructions to access and print a copy of your child's DH 680, Florida Certificate of Immunization, through Florida SHOTS™.
On the Florida SHOTS™ homepage under the NEW! GET YOUR CHILD'S DH 680 RECORD section; click the link electronically certified copies of Form DH 680. You will be redirected to the Get Your Child's Florida Certification of Immunization (DH Form 680) page. From there, use the following instructions to retrieve your child's certified DH 680.
You will need Adobe Reader installed on your computer to open the PDF version of the certified DH 680. If you do not have it installed, you may follow the instructions on the Get Your Child's Florida Certification of Immunization (DH Form 680) page and the provided Adobe link to download the software before accessing your child's form.
You may encounter errors when trying to obtain your child's record. If an error is received, the error message(s) will be displayed between the Certification PIN field and the Retrieve Form button on the Get Your Child's Florida Certification of Immunization (DH Form 680) page. If you receive an error message, clicking the More Optional Instructions link below the Retrieve Form button will display a page explaining the error in detail and how to address it. If you cannot address an error using the directions provided on this page, please contact the Florida SHOTS™ Help Desk at 877-888-7468.
If you know the name of your child's previous healthcare provider, that would be the best place to start. Your child's doctor should have a record of the immunizations given. This record could be transferred to a current healthcare provider or county health department and any additional vaccines needed could be administered. The doctor or county health department can then issue a Form DH 680, Florida Certification of Immunization, which will allow your child to attend a Florida school.
Florida has a statewide, computerized immunization registry, Florida SHOTS™ (State Health Online Tracking System), and vaccination records for CHD clients are available (to authorized system users only) through a central database. The registry also includes the immunization records of children receiving their immunizations from many private physicians. Healthcare providers who are authorized immunization registry users may be able to access the records for any previous immunization in the state.
If you are unable to contact a previous healthcare provider, check with the CHD for the state and county from which the child has moved. If that state has an immunization registry, you may be able to obtain a complete record from that state's health department.
If none of those avenues prove successful, you should contact your private healthcare provider or CHD for further assistance. Explain the situation to them, and they will be able to assist you following proper medical protocol.
You can ask the healthcare provider who administered the immunizations to your child for a personal immunization record card. Many cards are wallet-sized and convenient to keep.
If the doctor doesn't have a card that they issue for parent's records, you may be able to ask for a photocopy of the child's official immunization record for your files.
Florida has a statewide, computerized immunization registry, Florida SHOTS™ (State Health Online Tracking System), and vaccination records for CHD clients are available (to authorized system users only) through a central database. The registry also includes the immunization records of children receiving their immunizations from some private physicians. Healthcare providers who are authorized immunization registry users may be able to access the records for any previous immunization in the state.
The following link will give you all of the information on Florida's immunization requirements for school entry:
All children who attend Florida schools (public or private) are required to be immunized in order to protect themselves and other children from potentially harmful, and even fatal, vaccine-preventable diseases in accordance with Chapter 1003.22(4) (previously 232.032), Florida Statutes (FS), and Chapter 64D-3.046, Florida Administrative Code (FAC).
Florida's school immunization requirements are in accordance with recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
The State of Florida does not grant exemptions from immunizations based on personal or philosophical reasons. However, Florida does provide a Temporary Medical Exemption (TME) for those who are in the process of completing any necessary immunizations. The TME requires an expiration date after which the exemption is no longer valid, and the immunizations must be completed before or at that time.
A Permanent Medical Exemption can be granted if a child cannot be fully immunized due to medical reasons. In this case, the child's physician must state, in writing, the reasons for exemption based on valid clinical reasoning or evidence.
A Form DH 681, Religious Exemption From Immunization, can be issued if immunizations are in conflict with the religious tenets and practices of the child's parent or guardian. This exemption can only be issued by a CHD based on established religious beliefs or practices.
Information for travelers can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) travel website or find information regarding specific countries. These pages have updated information regarding travel notices and immunization recommendations.
Before visiting a foreign country, you may need to get the vaccinations and/or medications listed at the CDC's site for vaccine-preventable diseases and other diseases you might be at risk for at your destination. You should consult your healthcare provider to determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. Travel vaccinations may be available from your local CHD.
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is a federal program that provides eligible children with all recommended vaccines at no cost. The federal government pays for the vaccines. Doctors and clinics agree to give the vaccines to children who qualify.
Children from birth through 18 years of age can receive VFC vaccine if they:
*Underinsured children are eligible to receive VFC Program vaccine only through a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or Rural Health Clinic (RHC).
If your healthcare provider is not enrolled in the VFC Program, please call your local CHD. You can also visit the Florida VFC Program website.
Florida KidCare is the state's children's health insurance program for uninsured children under age 19. It includes four different parts, or programs: MediKids, Healthy Kids, Children's Medical Services, and Medicaid. When you apply for the insurance, Florida KidCare will check which program your child may be eligible for based on age and family income.
To apply for Florida KidCare, call 888-540-5437, apply online, or print an application and instructions.