National Immunization Awareness Month
Children, Preteens & Teens: Preparing for school
Preparing for school means gathering supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines. Getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health.
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others in their classroom and community ““ including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions. Schools are highly susceptible to outbreaks of infectious diseases because students can easily transmit illnesses to one another as a result of poor hand washing, uncovered coughs and dense populations.
Children age 4 to 6 are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and polio. Preteens and teens, starting at 11 or 12, need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), MenACWY (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccines. A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for all children 6 months and older.
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.
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, preteen or teen needs.
For more information visit: http://www.vaccineinformation.org/
Visit the Vermont School Entry Immunization website for information about Vermont School vaccine requirements: