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Back to School: Immunizations and physicals

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Cincyre Webb, 3, is getting her shots Cincyre Webb, 3, is getting her shots
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It's back to school time and that means there are some things parents need to do before their children can go back to class. Physicals and immunizations are two requirements.

Marlaina Webb is a Virginia native, who moved here a year ago. She recently spent her day trying to get her daughter Cincyre, 3, her needed immunizations.

"School starts on the 19th so I'm trying to get everything in by then," Webb said.

All children starting school have to be up to date on the shots, and those moving to the Florida need to have current shot records too. The Florida Department of Health handles those shots for many parents. 

Clinic manager for Florida Health Hillsborough County Robyn Pasto said it's vitally important.

"You could have a child who has not been vaccinated. Not only is that child susceptible to coming down to disease that back in the 40s and 50s were very common such as polio and a number of things, but we've seen an outbreak of measles," Pasto said.

Health officials said getting the shots is important because they prevent the spread of disease and if those immunizations records are not up to par, your child could be kicked out of school.

Marliana is glad to see her baby go back school and glad she now is protected against diseases when she is there."We don't know what's out there anymore," she said.

The health department gives shots at their Sulphur Springs office, but they do not do physicals that need to be up to date for students too. There are several programs that can help. Saturday Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there is an event to get free physicals and immunizations at the Ed and Myrtle Lou Swindle Medical Arts Center in Plant City. You do need an appointment. You can call (813)443-3048 to schedule it.There are three events next weekend as well. 

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