Are you and your Child Protected? Back to School Vaccinations

According to the CDC, as of July 2012, 20,000 cases of pertussis or whooping cough have been reported in this country. Many are unreported. During this time, there have been 9 deaths which have occurred in children less than 1 year of age. Measles is another illness which can spread easily at school. 222 reported cases of measles documented in 2011. Measles is brought into the US mainly from European countries.
Parents can find out which vaccinations their children require by reviewing the CDC website vaccination schedule.The most common preventable diseases through vaccinations are chickenpox, diphtheria, H. influenza type B., Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, flu, measles, mumps, pertussis, polio, pneumococcal, rotavirus, rubella and tetanus.
Flu vaccine should be considered in children in preschool and elementary school. Other family members and caregivers should also consider getting the vaccine. Ask your family doctor about getting shots or the nasal spray to protect against flu.
If your child misses one shot, the CDC has developed a catch up immunization scheduler which is an online tool that helps parents and healthcare providers determine the best schedule for children 6 years of age or younger.
For the 7-18 year old students the CDC immunization schedule will help protect against vaccine-preventable disease.
Ask your doctor or nurse for a copy of your child’s medical records and their latest vaccination status. Be aware that if your child is not vaccinated, they may be infected by people who do not have any symptoms. You will not be able to tell who is contagious.
Your state or province may also require your child be vaccinated prior to beginning school. If you aren’t certain of the requirements, ask your physician, child’s school or your local health department.
And while you’re at it, make sure your adult vaccinations are up to date as well.CDC website vaccination schedule.

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