School Immunization Requirements

Florida Certificate of Immunizations, Form DH 680, is the only document that the schools are permitted to accept as proof of immunization.

(This form is available through Florida Health Palm Beach County- School Health Division, Florida Health Palm Beach County Health Centers, and other local medical providers.)

Shots may be obtained through your local physician, local medical providers, Health Department Health Centers or Florida Health Palm Beach County Immunization Van traveling throughout the area.

Prior to entry, attendance, or transfer to Florida schools (kindergarten through 12th grade), each child shall have on file a Florida Certification of Immunization, DH 680, documenting the following:

  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP)
  • Polio Series
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis B Series (Hep B)
  • Varicella
  • Tetanus/Pertussis Booster (Tdap) 7th grade
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (age appropriate)

By the time a child starts school he/she should have already had all required immunizations. A physical is required for entrance to Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and 7th grade.

Proof of the following is required for new students, transfer students, and entry to some grade levels:

Public/Non-Public Schools 6th through 8th Grades:

  • Five doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine 
  • Four doses of polio vaccine
  • Three doses of hepatitis B (hep B) vaccine
  • Two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine 
  • Two doses of varicella vaccine for kindergarten and grade one.
  • One dose of varicella vaccine for grades two through eight.
  • Varicella vaccine is not required if there is a history of varicella/chicken pox disease documented by the healthcare provider on form DH 680.

Additional Seventh Grade Requirement:

In addition to compliance with all other required immunizations children entering, attending, or transferring to the seventh grade in Florida schools must complete the following:

  • One tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine (booster)
  • Updated physical exam dated after August 19, 2012 (the yellow form DH 3040)
  • To participate in sports, the physical exam must be dated after June 1, 2013.
  • The Flu Vaccine is recommended for children age 6 months – 18 years of age.

Where To Go:

Shots may be obtained through your local physician or Palm Beach County Health Department Health Centers or Palm Beach County Health Department Immunization Van located throughout the county.

For further information, contact the Palm Beach County Health Department on the web at www.pbchd.com or by calling (561) 840-4568 (toll free 1-(800)-810-1225. 

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