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The flagship of Miami Children's Preventive Medicine Division is its Health-on-Wheels Program. Since September 1995, three 40-foot, medical-dental vehicles carrying state-of-the-art medical and dental equipment, are in the Miami Children's Preventative Health on Wheelshands of board-certified pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, nurse assistants and paramedics, and have served over 55,000 children and adolescents in Dade Broward, and Monroe counties to date.

Since its inception in 1995, 327 children with life-threatening diseases have been diagnosed and treated successfully by this program. In addition to serving 35 public schools, Health-on-Wheels collaborates with several existing community resources, including the Head Start Program, South Florida Food Recovery, AHEC, YMCA, Centro Mater Christian Community Center, Miami Bridge Program and Camilus House, Special Olympics, among many others.

As of 2000, the Health-on-Wheels Program has administered 14,931 immunizations, administered 6,000 tuberculosis test, and performed 10,014 hearing and vision screenings. Of the 55,000 children evaluated to date, 56% were diagnosed with an acute medical condition, and 21% required hospitalization.

This program targets the medically uninsured children and aims at establishing a medical home for them in order to ensure continuity of care and therefore, better health.

Health Connect in Our Schools Program

The Division of Preventive Medicine was awarded a contract from The Children’s Trust to provide preventative medical attention to school-aged children conveniently at their home schools.  Children will also be link to a medical home provider for long-term and seamless medical care.  The Student Health Initiative Team will offer a wide range of preventative services to the students at (8) eight designated schools in Miami-Dade County.

The following are the different services provided at each school:

  • Hearing     
  • Blood Pressure
  • Vision  
  • Referral for follow up to a Medical Provider
  • Height, Weight & BMI   
  • Education on Health Promotion
  • Scoliosis     
  • Nutrition & Physical Activity
  • Nurse Assessment    
  • First Aid & Emergency Care
  • Chronic Disease Management  
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Child Health Check-ups


Each Health Team is composed of a Nurse Practitioner and (2) two Health Aids.

 
Funded by: The Children's Trust   

Immunizations Services

Immunizations continue to be the most valuable method of primary disease prevention. Through the years we have been able to conquer many fatal childhood diseases by immunizing all children since birth. Keeping child and adolescent immunization schedules up to date plays a major role in conquering the global elimination of deadly infectious diseases for which immunizations are available.

Immunization is a more inclusive term denoting the process of inducing or providing immunity artificially by administering an immunobiologic. Immunization can be active or passive.

Active immunization is the production of antibody or other immune responses through the administration of a vaccine or toxoid.

Passive immunization means the provision of temporary immunity by the administration of preformed antibodies. Three types of immunobiologics are administered for passive immunization: a) pooled human IG or IGIV, b) specific immune globulin preparations, and c) antitoxins.

Although persons often use vaccination and immunization interchangeably in reference to active immunization, the terms are not synonymous because the administration of an immunobiologic cannot be automatically equated with the development of adequate immunity.

Be Wise, Immunize!!

For additional information about the immunization schedule, please visit the National Immunization Program at www.cdc.gov/nip or please call the National Immunization Hotline at 800-232-2522 (English) or 800-232-0233 (Spanish).

The Vaccine for Children Program

This is a national program offering free vaccinations to children in the following categories:
  • Children without health insurance
  • Children with health insurance not covering vaccinations
  • Native American children

The program is available at the Division of Preventive Medicine offices, and through the Health On Wheels Program.

Appointments are necessary . Please call (305) 663-6853.

International Travel Health Requirements

Specifically designed for the international traveler, this program offers information to the entire family on health requirements for countries worldwide as per the standards of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and The World Health Organization.

Services available include:

  • Routine United States recommended vaccines
  • Yellow Fever, Meningoccocal, and Polyvalent Pneumoccocal, Hepatitis A Vaccines
  • Health Examination Certificate

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