Health Dept. offers back-to-school vaccines

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 10, 2017

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is using the month to remind parents - who are getting their kids ready to head back to school - to make sure their little ones are up-to-date on their vaccinations. "The widespread availability of vaccines has been cited as one of the ten great public health achievements, and we want to be sure people are vaccinated to help reduce vaccine-preventable diseases".

Parents can check with their child's doctor, school or local health department to find out more about any specific vaccine requirements.

These websites have links to vaccine schedules for infants and toddlers, immunization requirements for Georgia child care and school attendance, a listing of the vulnerable populations who need to get a flu shot each fall and recommendations for aging citizens, such as the pneumonia and shingles vaccines.

In West Virginia, various immunizations are required for children entering school in the state for the first time and also those entering pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, seventh and twelfth grades. It also requires parents of kindergartners and 7th graders to review their children's immunizations records to ensure they are updated by the beginning of the school year.

Vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases including measles, whooping cough and chicken pox. "All kinds of childhood illnesses can be prevented by getting immunizations, by getting your vaccinations", explained Dr. Venita Morell, Walton County Health Department, Medical Director.

Health experts say vaccines should be on the top of back-to-school checklists.

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