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Are your kids vaccine-ready for school?

• Jul 15, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Back-to-school season will be here soon. It’s a time for parents to gather school supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up-to-date on their vaccines.

Huron County Public Health (HCPH) offers vaccines for infants, children, and teens, as well as adults. To schedule your child or other family member’s vaccination appointment with HCPH, call 419-668-1652 ext. 241.

Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the most important things parents can do to help protect their children’s health — and that of their classmates and their community. 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, whooping cough, and chickenpox.

“Thanks to vaccines, most of these diseases have become rare in the United States,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, deputy director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC.

“But many still exist here, and they can make children very sick, leading to many days of missed school, missed work for parents, and even hospitalization and death.”

Since 2010, we see between 10,000 and 50,000 cases of whooping cough and up to 20 babies die each year in the United States. Most whooping cough deaths are among babies who are too young to be protected by their own vaccination.

“Without vaccines, these numbers would be much, much higher,” Messonnier said. “That’s why kids still need vaccines.”

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk of disease 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 and other health conditions.

Vaccines Requirements for 2018-2019 School Year

MCV4 (Meningococcal): All 7th- through 9th-grade students must have received one dose of vaccine before starting school. Also, 12th-grade students must have received two doses before starting school.

Polio: Students must have received their final dose of polio vaccine on or after their 4th birthday.

MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella): Kindergarten through 12th-grade students must have received two doses of vaccine.

Varicella (Chickenpox): Kindergarten through 8th-grade students must have received two doses of varicella vaccine. All 9th through 12th-grade students must have received one dose of varicella vaccine.

Hepatitis B: Kindergarten through 12th-grade students must have received three-dose series of Hepatitis B vaccine.

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis): 7th through 12th-grade students must have received one dose of vaccines before starting school.

DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis): Required for kindergartners. Four or more doses required. Must have had at least one dose after their 4th birthday.

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