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When to get back to school immunizations

It’s time to get back to school so gather up the school supplies and keep those backpacks packed  for another exciting year of learning. Before school starts, make sure your child is up-to-date on the vaccines. Most schools require students to have vaccinations on time before enrolling to protect the health and control the spread of any infectious disease in the classmates and community.

Why should you vaccinate

There are still many dangerous disease outbreaks that can take place. There were more than 600 measles cases reported during an outbreak in 2014. Whooping cough and chickenpox outbreaks can occur among middle and high school children easily because the childhood vaccine fades away from the blood; therefore it is very important to have the booster vaccination during the school years.

A child who contracts a vaccine-preventable disease or infection will definitely miss a large number of school days which will directly impact the overall result especially if your child is attending grade 5 or higher. Moreover, time lost from your job looking after a sick child will increase your financial as well as work burden considerably. Diseases for which vaccines are suggested have the potential to cause serious disabilities with long-term health issues.

Common vaccines for school children-

While you must always check with a pediatrician to review which vaccines your child needs as per the school requirements, here is the list of some common vaccines for school going children in Phoenix, Arizona.

  • DTP/DT/ DTap
  • MMR ( Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
  • Chicken Pox ( Hepatitis B varicella)
  • Meningococcal ( meningitis)
  • HPV ( Human Papilloma virus )
  • Seasonal flu vaccine
  • Polio

There is absolutely no need to wait for hours in long lines at your primary care physician or rush to the emergency room for quick vaccination. With a list of vaccination that your child’s school requires, you can get your child vaccinated at earliest at Pediatrix. You will also be handed over a record card which will have all the vaccines mentioned that your child has received since birth.

Posted in Blog on July 22nd, 2016