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Tampa Bay, Florida -- The Florida Department of Health recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month and encourages parents to have their children immunized now to avoid the back-to-school immunization rush.

Parents of kindergartners and 7th graders are encouraged to review their children's immunization record to ensure they are ready for the upcoming school year. Students entering college are also encouraged to ensure their immunizations are up to date.

The recommended childhood vaccination schedule can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

You can find the locations for back to school vaccinations in each county below:

PINELLAS COUNTY

Pinellas County schools are back in session on Monday, Aug. 18. Making sure that your child's immunizations are up-to-date before classes begin requires a trip to your health provider or to one of these Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas)locations:

Tarpon Springs: 301 S. Disston Ave., 727-942-5457

Clearwater: 310 N. Myrtle Ave. 727-469-5800

Mid-County: 8751 Ulmerton Rd., Largo, 727-524-4410

Pinellas Park: 6350 76th Ave. N. 727-547-7780

St. Petersburg: 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., N. 727-824-6900

DOH-Pinellas provides immunizations at no cost for babies, children and young people through the age of 18. Center hours at the locations below are weekdays from 8 AM to 5 PM. Families do not need to make an appointment.

For a list of required immunizations for daycare entry, go to here

For school immunization requirements, go here

For information about DOH-Pinellas, go to www.PinellasHealth.com.

MANATEE COUNTY

DOH-Manatee is providing free immunization services for eligible children who are entering school for the first time and those who are returning to class in the upcoming school year.

DOH-Manatee offers free back-to-school vaccinations Monday through Friday, 7:30 - 5:00 p.m. by appointment and walk-in. To schedule an appointment, call (941) 748-0747, extension 1456.

Location Map: DOH-Manatee

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Back-to-School Coalition of Hillsborough County are hosting opportunities for free physicals and immunizations on upcoming Saturdays.

Saturday, August 16

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Eisenhower Middle School

7620 Old Big Bend Rd., Gibsonton

Walk-ins only

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9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Blake High School

Project LINK/St. Joseph's Hospital

1701 N. Boulevard, Tampa

Appointment required - call 813-443-3048

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8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Webb Middle School

6035 Hanley Rd., Tampa

Walk-ins only

HERNANDO COUNTY

The Department of Health in Hernando County offers childhood immunizations Monday through Friday from 8-11 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. at their Spring Hill location at 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd.

Immunizations are also available on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8-11 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. at the Brooksville Health Department location, 300 S. Main Street.

A special Saturday immunization clinic will be held on Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Brooksville office.

For more information, call 352-540-6800 ext. 82299. No appointment is required but parent/guardian should bring the child's shot record and must show ID.

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