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A Guide to School Shots

School shots, or immunizations, are required in Arizona, so North Phoenix pediatrics clinics are well prepared to provide school immunization services to patients. There are many school immunization shots required by the state, so it’s a good idea to consult with your North Phoenix pediatrics clinic to find out exactly what your child needs in terms of school shots.

Age and Health

School immunization requirements depend on the age and grade of each student in Arizona.

A DTaP dose is required at every level, from under age 7, ages 7 to 10, and age 11 and older. A meningococcal school immunization is required for students age 11 and up. Some school shots are set up with a dose requirement – for example, polio school shots are required in the form of three to four doses from age 7 up. MMR, hepatitis B, and varicella are also requirements for K-12 school shots.

What Your Child Needs for School

You will need to provide proof of school shots to your child’s school, and the school immunization record has to have all of the required information including the date of the school shots and the name of your North Phoenix pediatrics clinic or doctor.

School immunizations may also be required for students attending college or university, based on the policies of each school.

Start Young

You may think school shots only apply to K-12 students or those pursuing higher education, but school shots are also a must-have for Arizona children in daycare. School immunizations applying to daycare children include hepatitis B, DTaP, polio, HiB, MMR, and varicella.

Information is Available

While it may seem confusing to have to know what school shots are required when, and what school immunization information you must have to prove your child’s eligibility, your North Phoenix pediatrics clinic can help you sort out the information. Most North Phoenix pediatrics clinics are able to keep school immunization records on file so you will be able to access your child’s personal records if you need to. North Phoenix pediatrics experts can also give you a good schedule for school shots, which will meet school immunization requirements and keep your child safe from common childhood illnesses.

School immunization is an important aspect of keeping all students safe and healthy. Talk to your North Phoenix pediatrics clinic about what steps you may need to take in order to properly immunize your child for school in Arizona.

Posted in Blog on February 27th, 2015

Vaccines and Immunocompromised Children

As Happy Valley pediatricians and parents know, there are a few cases in which vaccines and immunizations required for school need to be administered carefully, or not at all. Some children have compromised immune systems resulting from various health issues like congenital immunodeficiency, HIV, leukemia, lymphoma, radiation, renal failure, and other conditions. These children need to be treated with special care when it comes to required immunizations for school, and may not be able to receive all of their school shots safely. The degree to which a child is immunocompromised must be determined by a physician. If your Happy Valley pediatrician can’t do this, they will refer you to someone who can.

Not All Vaccines Are Made Alike

Generally, inactivated vaccines, do not pose a threat to children with compromised immune systems. This means that immunocompromised children may be able to receive some of the required immunizations for school.

Live vaccines can present the greatest danger to children with compromised immune systems. Some live vaccines will be delayed for these special needs patients, and some may not be given at all. A Happy Valley pediatrician can advise you and determine a special vaccine schedule for your child to follow in lieu of school shots.

Make sure that the school nurse and all your child’s health care providers are aware of their condition. Be sure to state in writing that your child cannot receive any school shots. Talk to your Happy Valley pediatrician and get a note excusing them from required immunizations for school.

Different Cases, Different Requirements

Each case of compromised immunity will require different care. If your child suffers from an immunocompromised condition, your Happy Valley pediatrician will take into account their overall health, as well as their potential to sustain a vaccine, or school shot. There is simply no rule about which vaccines a child facing the difficulty of a compromised immune system can support.

However, if your child is unable to support vaccines, this does not mean that they are in immediate danger of developing dangerous diseases. Because vaccines, especially school shots, work on the principle of herd immunity, and most vaccines have been used in our population for decades, there is very good protection in place already for those who are unable to be vaccinated. Talk to your Happy Valley pediatrician about the possible options for school shots if your child has a compromised immune system.

Posted in Blog on October 24th, 2014