Vaccines: What you should know

The summer break is coming to an end and it’s time to think about getting the kids ready to go back to school, and that means shots. Ensuring that they receive their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things a parent can do for their child—as well as their classmates and the community.

 

As you get ready to send your children back to school, educate yourself. Learn about the benefits and possible side effects of vaccinations. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) outlines why vaccines are important below:

 

Vaccines are important for protecting children against serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases.

  • Immunizations create a shield of protection at school and at home.

Given recent outbreaks, it’s important that children be protected against dangerous and highly contagious diseases like pertussis (also called whooping cough).

  • Vaccines don’t just protect your child. Some diseases, like whooping cough, can be deadly for newborns or infants. You can help protect our littlest community members from being exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases by making sure your own child is up to date.
  • Vaccines are among the safest and most cost-effective ways to prevent disease. Protecting your child from preventable diseases will help keep them healthy and in school.

 

Talk to your children’s doctor to make sure they get the vaccinations they need when they need them.

  • If you haven’t already, check your child’s immunization record and schedule a visit to their physician or clinic. Doing so now will avoid a potential last minute rush and will help make sure there are no surprises on the first day back to school.
  • Most schools require children to be up to date on vaccinations before enrolling or starting school in order to protect the health of all students.
  • If parents are unsure of their state’s school immunization requirements, they should check with their child’s doctor, school or local health department.
  • Take advantage of any visit to the doctor – checkups, sick visits, even physicals for sports or college – to ask the doctor about what shots your child needs.

 

Vaccines are very safe.

  • Vaccines are thoroughly tested before licensing and carefully monitored even after they are licensed to ensure that they are very safe.
  • Vaccines are among the safest and most cost-effective ways to prevent disease. They could help reduce time missed from school due to illness, and save money on expensive treatments or hospitalizations.

Speak to your doctor for more information on vaccines or visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ to view the recommended immunization schedule for your

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