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Health Department: Don't Forget Back To School Shots

It’s only three weeks until school starts up again in Duval County but some kids won’t make it past the front door.

Health officials are reminding parents that students need to be up-to-date on their vaccinations before they go back to school.

Dr. Kelli Wells, director of the Duval County Health Department, says many children get sent home each year because they don’t have the proper immunizations.

“Those kids will be identified, notes go home to parents, and then we at the health department and a number of private pediatricians in the community will be bombarded with phone calls trying to get their kids in," she said.

The health department has launched a campaign called “Go to the Head of the Class" in an effort to help families get kids up-to-date on their immunizations and physicals.

Parents can bring children to the walk-in center on 5220 N. Pearl Street in Jacksonville. Officials will check the kids’ records any give them any needed vaccinations free of charge.

School Immunizations available:
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
2nd and 4th Wednesday 8:00 am - 12 noon    


School Physicals available:

July 8-August 21

Tuesdays and Thursdays

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

$30 per exam

(no sports physicals)


School age children 4 years old and up. For more information call 253-1420


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Peter Haden is an award-winning investigative reporter and photographer currently working with The Center for Investigative Reporting. His stories are featured in media outlets around the world including NPR, CNN en Español, ECTV Ukraine, USA Today, Qatar Gulf Times, and the Malaysia Star.