Welcome to Florida SHOTS (State Health Online Tracking System).
Florida SHOTS is a statewide
immunization registry developed by the Florida Department of Health (DOH).
Florida SHOTS is designed to access and utilize a statewide immunization
database. The registry is part of DOH's initiative to increase
vaccination coverage for children across Florida.
Immunization registries are confidential, computerized information
systems that track childhood immunization data. Children are
entered into a registry either at birth, through a linkage with electronic
birth records from Vital Statistics, or by health care providers. As childhood immunizations are
given, the information is entered so that health care professionals know
if immunizations are necessary or redundant.
Florida SHOTS receives vaccination information for children from across
the state, including input from County Health Departments, private providers, the Bureau of Vital Statistics, and eventually from Women Infant and Children (WIC) clinics, and
Medicaid. This immunization information will soon be available to schools, and childcare centers.
Immunization registries are essential for maintaining high immunization
coverage levels. This is true particularly since disease levels are at
record lows and outbreaks of preventable illnesses are becoming less
Some Benefits of
Provide patients, parents, health care providers, schools and
child care facilities with timely access to complete, accurate and
relevant immunization data
Help ensure that a child's immunizations are up-to-date
- Prevent unnecessary or redundant immunizations by evaluating their
immunization status and identifying children who need (or are past
due for) immunizations
Immunization schedule is confusing and parents often do not
realize that their child is due for an immunization.
Many children are over-immunized because parents cannot locate
Consolidate immunizations from all health care providers into one
record.Data indicates that 40% of all children see more than one
immunization provider by the time they are two years of age.
Provide reminders when an immunization is due
Help providers generate official immunization records
Help prevent disease outbreaks
Help identify high-risk and under-immunized populations
Provide information on new vaccines
Reduce the administrative cost of tracking immunization records
Assist communities in assessing their immunization coverage and
identifying areas of under-immunization
Fulfill federal and state immunization reporting needs (CDC's
National Vaccine Advisory Committee - October 1994 Conclusion
regarding state-based immunization systems: "An immunization
information system is essential for reaching and sustaining coverage