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August 9, 2016
As students and families prepare to return to school, the Florida Department of Health in Polk County (DOH-Polk) reminds residents to take the proper steps to stay healthy this school year. Good health is important for students in order to maintain regular school attendance and be ready to learn.
“Students who practice good healthy habits tend to perform better in school and are better able to reach their full potential,” says Dr. Joy Jackson, director of DOH-Polk. “Health-risks such as illnesses and unhealthy behaviors can contribute to poor grades and lower test scores.”
Of course, students can only do well in school if they feel healthy enough to attend. The following are important steps children and families should take to reduce the number of sick days for the new school year:
DOH-Polk offers back-to-school immunizations during regular clinic hours at the following clinic locations:
Auburndale, Haines City, Lakeland and Lake Wales.
Clinic addresses and phone numbers can be found on the DOH-Polk website, http://polk.floridahealth.gov/locations/index.html.
For more information about the required vaccines for school-aged children, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents.