Each October, all public and private schools with a kindergarten are required to submit reports indicating the immunization status of their kindergarten students as required by section 1003.22, Florida Statutes, which provides for the requirement of proper documentation prior to school entry and attendance.
- Immunization requirements include four or five doses of DTaP, three or four doses of polio, two doses of measles, two doses of mumps, two doses of rubella, three doses of hepatitis B and two doses of varicella.
Pinellas County’s immunization rate for kindergarten students in 2010 declined slightly to 89.3%, the first time the rate has dropped below 90% since 1998, and was 2.0 percentage points below the state.
Statewide, students with temporary medical or 30-day exemption (7.3%), religious exemption (1.1%) or permanent medical exemption (0.3%) from immunization accounted for 8.7% of the total kindergarten population. For Pinellas County, temporary/30-day exemptions from immunization totaled 8.7% and religious/permanent medical exemptions totaled 2.0%.
- In 2010, Pinellas County’s immunization rate for kindergarten students was below other counties of similar size.