Are you ready for back to school?

Dreamstime Xl 4998015Whether your baby is headed to preschool, kindergarten or college this fall, vaccine-preventable diseases can lurk at school, in dorms, and in the community at large. The very best way to minimize the chances of these illnesses is to get children and teens fully vaccinated according to the schedule laid out by the CDC, which can be found below.

Don’t wait too long to schedule those back-to-school checkups, either. Closer to the start of school, doctors are swamped with requests for appointments, which include updating kids on all the necessary vaccines.

Those include the measles-mumps-rubella and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis shots for the youngest among us; the Tdap boosters and cancer-preventing human papillomavirus vaccines for preteens; and boosters against meningococcal disease for teenagers. And annual flu shots for children older than 6 months and adults even into our years as senior citizens!

You or your children haven’t gotten all the necessary shots up to this point? No worries. The CDC also provides schedules to help you catch up. All the schedules are easy to find by looking in the “Resources” section below. And of course, ask your doctor.

To see a vaccination schedule for infants and children, click here.

To create a personalized schedule for your teen or preteen click here.

Here are 2 things you can do today:

  • Read our blog. Each week, we endeavor to inform our readers on the latest news and information regarding vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Get involved. Volunteer as a parent advocate.

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