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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

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Immunizations

Immunizations Appointments and Inquiries

Immunization Record Inquiries

Verify the existence of your vaccine record in Florida Shots by calling our appointment line above.

If  your record exists, you can access it via FAX by completing the required documents.

Please allow up to 5 business days to process your request.

If you do not have access to a Fax, request an appointment to receive your record at one of our clinics.

Employers

If you are an employer requesting the cost of vaccinating your employees, please email us your request along with your contact information.

 


Immunization Services of the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade 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 “To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts” by providing immunization services to protect residents and visitors from vaccine preventable diseases.

Goals:

  • 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
  • Educate and monitor private and public sectors and provide consultative screenings of immunization records along with vaccine handling and storage techniques
  • Provide ongoing surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases.

IMMUNIZATION services 

Immunization Record Request: We receive many inquiries from the public requesting their vaccine records. The health department only has access to vaccine records that have been entered into the Florida Shots database by private physicians, pharmacies or the Florida Department of Health. If you want us to check if your record is in Florida Shots please fill out the Authorization to Disclose Form and fax it back to us at 786-845-0598 with a copy of a valid state id or passport. If your record is in Florida Shots, we will be able to fax it back to you.  

Free vaccines for children 0 through 18 years excluding travel vaccines

Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade provides free vaccines to all children that visit our clinics because of the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program. VFC is 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 Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade ensures that every child is given vaccines regardless of financial status. 

The vaccines that are offered free of charge for children 0 through 18 years of age are:  DT, DTAP, TD, TDAP, Hepatitis A and B, HIB, HPV-9, Influenza, IPV, MCV4, Meningococcal B, MMR, PCV13, Rotavirus and VZV.

Call our appointment line at 786-845-0550to schedule an appointment. 

If you would like to expedite your child’s clinic visit, fill out the Pre-Registration Forms (one per child) and bring them with you to the scheduled appointment.

New Immunization Guidelines for Florida Schools, Childcare Facilities and Family Daycare Homes

Daycare Immunization Team (NEW)

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade’s immunization program collaborates with the Department of Children and Families in auditing daycare vaccine records. This collaboration was created to improve immunization rates in daycares and prevent outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases. The team visits daycares and reviews all immunization records and assist daycares in immunization compliance. Children whose records are out of compliance will be provided a letter for the parents, advising that they are due for immunizations or that their immunizations are out of compliance. 

Fax form for daycare owners.  FAX Cover

Adult Vaccines 

Our immunization program also offers adult vaccines for your health and to fulfill employment, college/university and immigration requirements. Call our appointment line at 786-845-0550to schedule an appointment. If you would like to expedite your clinic visit, fill out the Pre-Registration Forms and bring them with you to the scheduled appointment.

See Table 1 for cost.

Travel Vaccines

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade offers travel vaccines for children and adults at our Health District Center Clinic. Travel vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect travelers when visiting countries that have higher risk of becoming ill from certain diseases.  Visit the CDC travel destination website to review whether the countries you are traveling to have vaccine recommendations to keep you safe at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list . Call our appointment line at 786-845-0550to schedule an appointment.  If you would like to expedite your clinic visit, fill out the Pre-Registration Forms and bring them with you to the scheduled appointment.

See Table 1 for the cost.

Table 1

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Vaccine safety

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. 

Vaccine Storage and Handling

Requirements necessary to ensure proper vaccine storage and handling include appropriate refrigeration 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 VFC provider clinics to ensure that vaccines are stored properly. If you are a local medical VFC provider and need information on vaccine storage and handling, please call 305-470-5660 and ask for the immunization program.