Posted by: Katie Gorodetsky, WIC Immunization Coordinator
It may be hard to think about, but fall is right around the corner – and with it, the start of another school year! Whether your child is just entering preschool/kindergarten or a seasoned pro heading back to the classroom, there are lots of ways to prepare for school – buying new clothes, books, pens, pencils, backpacks – and most importantly, making sure your child’s vaccinations are up to date.
Getting vaccinated is one of the best ways to keep your child and his or her classmates healthy. Vaccinations can help protect children against certain diseases and conditions like:
• Pertussis (whooping cough) *this one is especially important in light of the recent outbreak*
• Hepatitis A
• Varicella (chickenpox)
Even though the majority of vaccine-preventable diseases are at record-level lows, it does not mean they have been completely eliminated. Be sure your child’s vaccinations are up-to-date to keep vaccine-preventable diseases from spreading.
Many schools require children entering to be vaccinated against certain diseases. Regulations have been expanded this year to include 2 MMR, 2 varicella, and Tdap vaccinations. Visit http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/immunization/guidelines-ma-school-requirements.pdf to learn about current school requirements for specific grades for Massachusetts.
Be sure that your child and his or her classmates stay healthy this year by getting vaccinated! To learn more about back to school vaccinations visit http://www.cdc.gov/Features/CatchUpImmunizations/
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