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Adult and Childhood Immunizations

Immunizations Contact Information

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    Mailing Address

    Adult Immunizations 

    Ph: 772-794-7425 

    Childhood Immunizations 

    Ph: 772-794-7415 

Immunizations 

Shots may hurt a little...but the disease they can prevent can hurt a lot more.  Immunization shots, or vaccinations, are essential.  They protect against things like influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, polio, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough).  Immunizations are important for adults as well as for children. Here's why:

Your immune system helps your body fight germs by producing substances to combat them.  Once it does, the immune system "remembers" the germ and can fight it again.  Vaccines contain germs that have been killed or weakened.  When given to a healthy person, the vaccine triggers the immune system to respond and thus, build immunity.

Before vaccines, people became immune only by actually getting a disease and surviving it.  Immunizations are an easier and less risky way to become immune.

- excerpt from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases website


FLU INFORMATION

Each year, a seasonal flu vaccine is routinely distributed to protect against the three flu viruses that are expected to be most common that year. 

Due to the wide availability of flu vaccine in Indian River County, the health department is no longer offering flu shots to the general public.  If you are a patient of the health department, please call the clinic for information on getting your flu shot.  If you are not a patient of the health department, please contact your health care provider, the Visiting Nurse Association or your local pharmacy for information on getting a flu shot.

Those who should get vaccinated for the flu include:

  • Everyone 6 months of age and older, including  anyone who received the 2009 H1N1 vaccine  and anyone who got sick with H1N1

  • Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of having severe flu illness.  High risk persons include:  
    • People who care for children younger than 6 months of age, because children less than 6 months are too young to receive a flu vaccination and, therefore, are at high risk of having serious flu illness if they get the virus from someone close to them.

    • Young children 6 months and older, pregnant  women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart or lung disease, and people 65 years and older.

  • Vaccination is also important for health care workers and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep them from spreading the virus to those who are high risk.

As always, you can also help prevent the spread of the flu virus by:

  • Always practicing good hygiene habits, such as washing your hands often with soap and water or using an alcohol based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as these are ways viruses can enter your body
  • Sneezing or coughing into a tissue or your sleeve
  • Staying home when sick and keeping sick children home from school

And remember, while it is important to get your flu shot to prevent you from getting sick, it is also important to get your flu shot to prevent others getting sick from you.  Be flu smart, do your part.  For more information about the flu virus and vaccine, visit the CDC Influenza webpage or visit www.flu.gov.

Other helpful information:

Is it a Cold or the Flu?

Cover Your Cough


SCHOOL AND CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATIONS

Florida Department of Health in Indian River County provides childhood immunizations for residents of Indian River County. Immunizations are given to protect your child from disease. Florida law now requires all children entering a public or private school to be immunized with the following vaccines to protect against childhood dreaded diseases:

  • DtaP Vaccine (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • IPV Vaccine (Inactivated Polio)
  • HIB Vaccine (Haemophilus Influenza Type B)
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • MMR Vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Varivax Vaccine (Chicken pox)
  • Td Vaccine (Tetanus, diphtheria)
  • Tdap Vaccine (Tetanus Diphtheria, Acellular Pertusis)
  • Prevnar Vaccine (Pneumococcal Conjugate)

In addition, we also offer the following vaccines:

  • Menactra Vaccine (Meningococcal)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Seasonal Influenza
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • Rotavirus

Recommended Immunization Schedules for Children and Adults webpage

Immunization Guidelines for Florida Schools, Childcare Facilities, and Family Daycares webpage

For more information on childhood immunizations, please call our Gifford Health Center Pediatrics Clinic at 772-794-7415.

School Immunizations
Free school immunizations are available for the new school year to qualified children. The Florida Department of Health in Indian River County offers free vaccines for children ages 2 months through 18 years who qualify for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program.  Immunizations are required for children entering kindergarten and seventh grade, as well as high school students entering college, which requires certain vaccinations for college entry and dorm living.  

School immunizations are offered to children through 18 years of age in our Gifford Health Center Pediatrics clinic Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm. No appointment is needed.

When bringing your child in for immunizations, please bring their immunization record if they have never received immunizations at the Health Department or Gifford Health Center.  For more information about , please call (772) 794-7478.  

For more information about childhood immunizations for parents, patients and providers, visit the Florida Department of Health Bureau of Immunization's immunization information webpage.


FOREIGN TRAVEL VACCINATIONS

Foreign travel may require vaccinations and pre-planning and Florida Department of Health in Indian River County can help you with getting the vaccinations and information about your destination you need!

The CDC recommends those traveling to a foreign country schedule an appointment for travel vaccinations 4 to 6 weeks before the trip as most vaccines take time to become effective in your body and other vaccines must be given in a series over a period of days or sometimes weeks.

We offer the following travel vaccines:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria
  • Polio
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever and other vaccines

We also provide consultation and prescription for anti-malarial medication and information on food and water safety in the country you will be visiting.

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, plan early and call 772-794-7425 to schedule an appointment!

For information on immunization laws, visit the Florida Department of Health's Immunization Laws webpage.

Remember, BE WISE, Immunize!


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