National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder we all need vaccines throughout our lives.
Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines as they go back to school.
“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children from serious diseases,” said Leah Jacobs, FNP, Webster Health Center. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your child’s health care provider to find out what vaccines your child needs.”
Vaccines protect children, preteens and teens from 16 serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community. For example, babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions, are at a higher risk of contracting life-threatening diseases others may spread to them.
Talk to your child’s doctor to find out which vaccines are recommended for them before going back to school.
Parents can find more about recommended vaccines by visiting www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents.
Submitted by: Leah Jacobs, FNP, Webster Health Center
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