POSTED: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 10:49am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 6:41am
Summer is almost over, and it's already back to school time. You may have already gotten your children new notebooks, pencils and backpacks, but are they up to date with their vaccines? Even if students have complete inoculation records in elementary school, they may need to update as they get older. What vaccines are necessary or recommended for pre-teen and teens? Here's April Williams with today's Health Minute.
Reading, writing and arithmetic are all important, but when it comes to a student's well-being, public health officials say vaccines are the best way to ward off disease. So it's always good to update your child's immunization records, that's because as adolescents get older, some of the protection from their childhood shots, begin to wear off, plus children can also develop other diseases as they age.
What vaccines do health officials feel are necessary?
For pre-teens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccines to protect against: Meningitis, HPV or Human Papillomavirus, T-DAP for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis and the flu.
If your child is already a teenager, the CDC recommends they update with catch-up vaccines for Hepatitis B, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubellas and Varicella.
If you're not sure what vaccines your child may need, see your pediatrician. Or you can ask your county education department for a list of required or recommended shot for your student.