To ensure the health and safety of students and the community, your state may require your child to be vaccinated against certain diseases before starting the school year.
Requirements may vary by state and the student's age, so it's best to start by checking in with your child's physician or your school to see what vaccinations they already have , which they need and when they need them.
As you look into your child's vaccination schedule, consider the following:
1) Disease Outbreaks Still Happen (Yes, even today!)
The Center for Disease Control reported 668 cases of measles in 2014 in 27 states, and in the first half of 2015, 9,000 cases of whooping cough in 50 states. Vaccines are the best way to prevent outbreaks.
2) Doses Vary by Vaccine
Children require a number of vaccines to protect them from 14 serious and life-threatening diseases. Some vaccines need a booster (more than one dose) to be given over time.
3) Even Older Kids Benefit from Vaccines
Before heading back to school, three vaccines are recommended for 11-12 year olds—HPV, Tdap (a booster shot), and meningococcal conjugate vaccine—for continued protection...