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Florida sees lowest student vaccination rates in a decade

Just under 93 percent of kindergarten students and 90.6 percent of seventh graders had all of their required immunizations this year, the department said.

Florida law requires students entering public and private schools to get a series of vaccinations and provide their immunization records to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. The law offers exemptions, but the goal is to have at least 95 percent of students vaccinated.

The health department recommends that schools should not allow students from other states or countries to attend until they provide a valid Florida-issued immunization record.


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