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School Immunization Requirements

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    Florida Department of Health 

    Immunization Section 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A11 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1719 

Latest Immunization Requirements

Florida requires certain vaccines to be administered before children may enroll and attend childcare and school.

Immunizations Required for Childcare and/or Family Daycare
Public/Non-public Preschool Entry
Public/Non-public Schools Kindergarten Through 12th Grade
Additional Immunization Requirements for 7th Grade Entry

Immunizations Required for Childcare and/or Family Daycare

(Age-appropriate doses as indicated)

  • Diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP)
  • Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)
  • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13)
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)

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Public/Non-public Preschool Entry

(Age-appropriate doses as indicated)

  • DTaP
  • IPV
  • MMR
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • Varicella
  • Hib

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Public/Non-public Schools Kindergarten Through 12th Grade

(Children entering, attending, or transferring to Florida schools)

  • Four or five doses of DTaP
  • Four or five doses of IPV
  • Two doses of MMR
  • Three doses of Hep B
  • One Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap)
  • Two doses of Varicella (kindergarten effective with 2008–2009 school year, then an additional grade is added each year thereafter). Varicella vaccine is not required if there is a history of varicella disease documented by the health care provider.

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Additional Immunization Requirements for 7th Grade Entry

Effective with 2009–2010 school year (then an additional grade is added each year thereafter), in addition to compliance with all other immunization requirements, children entering, attending, or transferring to the seventh grade in Florida schools must complete the following:

  • One Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap)

See the Immunization Guidelines: Florida Schools, Childcare Facilities and Family Daycare Homes* for complete information on school requirements.

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*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files.