The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) is urging parents and guardians to prepare students for starting or returning to school by reviewing immunization records and start getting the required vaccinations now. To comply with immunization requirements, parents and guardians of students going into kindergarten and 7th grade should take advantage of getting immunizations now to avoid delays and prepare their children for the first day of class.

DOH-Okaloosa has limited staff due to funding reductions. Therefore, there will be no extended or special hours of operation for back-to-school immunizations. To avoid the back-to-school rush, visit the DOH-Okaloosa Immunization Clinic as soon as possible. There is not a charge for required immunizations for children up to 18 years of age.

Walk-in immunization services are available at the DOH-Okaloosa Immunization Clinic. The Immunization Clinic hours of operation in Fort Walton Beach are 7: a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday (closed 3rd Tuesday until 1 p.m.); and closed Thursday. No vaccine administered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily.

In addition, DOH-Okaloosa will be unable to offer school physical examinations. Please go to and click on the School and Sports Physicals link in Popular Programs & Services box to see who in our county is offering school physical examinations.

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