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Send Your Kids Back to School with their Vaccines Up to Date

Send Your Kids Back to School with their Vaccines Up to Date

Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up to date on their vaccines.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need – Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is joining with health care providers nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health – and that of classmates and the community. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs.

Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students. Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, and whooping cough.

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.

School-age children need vaccines. For example, children who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio. Older children, like preteens and teens, need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), MenACWY (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines when they are 11 to 12. In addition, yearly flu vaccines are recommended for all children 6 months and older.

Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html. The Rural Health Clinic at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital offers a full family practice, including children’s care. If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss vaccinations and make sure your child is protected, please call us today at 304-799-6200.

A Healthy Start: Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

To celebrate the importance of immunizations for a healthy start and throughout our lives – and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need – Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s Rural Health Clinic is joining with other healthcare providers nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that we all need vaccines right from the start and throughout our lives. The week of August 3 – August 9 will focus specifically on babies from birth through age 2.

Immunization gives parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from 14 serious and sometimes deadly diseases before they turn 2 years old. “Children who don’t receive recommended vaccines are at risk of getting the disease or illness, and of having a severe case,” said Vicki Warner, RHC Practice Manager. “Every dose of every vaccine is important to protect your child and others in the community from infectious diseases. Talk to your doctor or other health care professional to make sure your child is up to date on all the vaccines he or she needs.”

Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough and chickenpox.

There are many important reasons to make sure your child is vaccinated:

• Immunizations can protect your child from 14 serious diseases.

• Vaccinations are safe and effective.

• Immunizations can protect others you care about.

• Immunizations can save your family time and money.

• Immunizations protect future generations.

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their family and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.

Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html. The Rural Health Clinic offers a full family practice, including children’s care. If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss vaccinations and make sure your child is protected, please call us today at 304-799-6200.

A Healthy Start: Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child