August 17, 2007

Vaccinations an important part of back to school preparation

It important to vaccinate your children by age 2

All children need to be immunized against dangerous diseases such as measles, whooping cough, and bacterial meningitis before they are two years old. This week is National Infant Immunization Week, a good reminder to call your healthcare provider and immunize your child. For more information, call toll free 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)

Keep immunization up-to-date

Parents, make sure your child is fully immunized by age 2. This week is National Infant Immunization Week, a good reminder to call your healthcare provider for an appointment to immunize your child. For more information, call toll free 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or visit www.cdc.gov/nip. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Vaccination is a shared responsibility

Parents and caregivers need to take responsibility for getting children vaccinated. Parents are encouraged to become informed consumers and keep a record of each immunization visit and ask their child’s healthcare provider at every visit if immunizations are up-to-date.

What can parents do to prepare their children for school registration?

It is critical to know that all school districts require students to have their full immunization records up-to-date and that they should have them available when it is time to register their children for the school year. August is immunization month which is appropriate given the timing of children going back to school.

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