Immunization Services of the Miami-Dade County Health Department (MDCHD) was established in 1963 as the local representative of the State of Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Immunization (BOI). The program upholds the health department’s mission to “promote and protect the health of our community through prevention and preparedness today, for a healthier tomorrow” by providing immunization services to protect residents and visitors from vaccine preventable diseases.
- Control/ eliminate vaccine preventable diseases for residents and visitors
- Provide barrier-free immunizations and education for infants, children and adults
- Provide education to parents or guardians on the importance of vaccines and the on time reception of vaccines to adults and their children
- Educate/monitor private and public sectors and provide consultative screening of immunization records along with vaccine handling and storage techniques
- Provide ongoing surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases
We offer vaccines that protect against the following vaccine preventable diseases:
2. Haemophilus Influenza Type B
3. Hepatitis A and B
4. Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
5. Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
6. Influenza (Flu)
7. Japanese Encephalitis
16. Typhoid Fever
17. Varicella (Chickenpox)
18. Yellow Fever
19. Rabies (for lab personnel and travelers)
Our educational and clinical services to the community include:
Free vaccines for all children (0 - 18 years)
Miami-Dade County Health Department provides free vaccines to all children that visit our clinics because of the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program, a public/private partnership that is federally financed while administered by the State of Florida. Since 1994, VFC has distributed over $100 million in vaccines to Florida private physicians, hospitals and other public and private healthcare providers in order to reduce cost as a barrier to vaccinating children on time. VFC also evaluates the safety of vaccines and monitors compliance within the program’s guidelines. The Miami-Dade County Health Department ensures that every child is given vaccines regardless of financial status.
Between 2003 and 2011, our staff administered over 11,000 travel vaccines to clients. These include vaccines for: yellow fever, typhoid fever and Japanese encephalitis. We also offer medical consultations and perscriptions for medication to prevent malaria for travelers going to countries were malaria is a threat. If you would like information about travel vaccines before you visit a country outside of the United States, please visit the CDC website. Please call 786-845-0550 to schedule an appointment to receive the recommended vaccines for your travel.
Health Education and Community Service
Our staff participate in numerous health fairs annually. We work with many community partners and assist schools, nursing homes, businesses and other organizations to provide education and immunizations. Many of the services we provide are during the influenza season (October to March). Typically we provide over 2,000 doses of influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations at health fairs during that time of year.
Surveillance: Reminder to get your shots!
One of the ways that our staff strive to monitor immunizations accurately is through Florida SHOTS (State Health Online Tracking System), a free, statewide, centralized online immunization registry that also helps healthcare providers, schools, and parents keep track of immunization records. This electronic system has many benefits, which include preventing unnecessary duplicative immunizations and consolidating records from multiple providers. Since the Miami Dade County Health Department uses Florida SHOTS, we know when you are due for your next shot. Our clinics will send you a reminder in the mail to ensure you and your children make your next appointment at the right time.
Prevention of Perinatal Hepatitis B Transmission
Protecting newborn babies against disease is very important. Both the Hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG) and the Hepatitis B Vaccine (HBV) can prevent transmission of Hepatitis B from the mother to the child (perinatal transmission). Florida Administrative Code 64D-3.013 requires that all pregnant women be tested for Hepatitis B during pregnancy. Hospitals in Miami-Dade County have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Miami-Dade County Health Department to ensure appropriate testing for pregnant women and vaccination of all newborns within 12 hours of birth. Our Perinatal Hepatitis B Program aims to educate healthcare providers, parents and the community at large about the importance of vaccination of infants against Hepatitis B.
Monitoring adverse events and addressing vaccine safety concerns are important aspects of an immunization program. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national surveillance system operated jointly by the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CDC and FDA want to make sure all vaccines are safe. If you have an adverse event after receiving a vaccination, please contact the Vaccine Adverse Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967.
There are many quality control issues that are important for immunization. Requirements necessary to ensure proper vaccine storage include appropriate refrigeration or freezing at specific temperatures. When recommended temperatures are not maintained, vaccines may lose their potency and result in the recipients being inadequately immunized. Our staff performs on-site immunization reviews at provider sites to make sure that vaccines are stored properly.
Keeping track of your child’s shot record has never been easier. Please visit FLORIDA SHOTS to sign up.