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National Immunization Month Back-to-School CDC Resources and Recommendations

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August is National Immunization Month, which raises awareness on the importance of vaccines in protecting children against serious and fatal diseases.

The National Public Health Information Coalition, in collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has developed a toolkit which offers resources related to immunizations for every stage of life. Access the toolkit https://www.nphic.org/niam and CDC’s resource library https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/partners/childhood/index.html .

Below are some of the recommendations for school-aged children from this toolkit.

Recommendations

  • Vaccinating according to the recommended immunization schedule provides your child with safe and effective protection against preventable diseases. Many vaccine-preventable diseases can spread easily in child care and school settings. Protecting your children from preventable diseases will help keep them healthy and in school. 
    •  Parents should check their child’s immunization records to make sure they are up to date on all recommended vaccinations. Parents with questions are encouraged to talk with their child’s health care professional to see if their child needs any catch-up doses.
  •  Talk to your child’s doctor or other health care professional to make sure your children get the vaccines they need when they need them.
    •  Take advantage of any visit to the doctor – checkups, sick visits, even physicals for sports or college – to ask about the vaccinations your child needs.
    •  Families who need help paying for vaccines should ask their health care provider about the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. This program provides vaccines at no cost to eligible children who do not otherwise have access to recommended childhood vaccines. The VFC program provides vaccines for children ages 18 years and younger who are uninsured, Medicaid-eligible, American Indian or Alaska Native.
  •  Check your child’s vaccine records to make sure they are up to date on all the vaccines they need to stay healthy.
  •  Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization or can even be deadly — especially in infants and young children.
    •   Preteens and teens need four vaccines to protect against serious diseases: Meningococcal conjugate vaccine to protect against meningitis and bloodstream infections (septicemia), HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV, Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis) and a yearly flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu. Teens and young adults may also be vaccinated with a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine.

 


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