Health Watch - Preparing for School: Vaccines

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We may be in the height of summer, but the new school year is right around the corner. Now’s the time to make preparations for a healthy and successful school year. One thing you’ll need to do before school starts is make sure your children’s vaccinations are up to date.

Dr. Jane Siegel, a pediatric infectious disease expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says vaccinations are important not only for keeping your children healthy, but also for preventing infectious diseases from spreading. Diseases such as polio, mumps and measles are potentially life-threatening, and they can spread throughout a community if children aren’t properly immunized. Talk to your doctor about the vaccination schedule and what shots your children might need. Most school districts require certain vaccinations for children to attend school. Community health clinics often provide free or low-cost vaccinations for qualifying children.

Visit www.utsouthwestern.org/infectiousdiseases to learn more about
UT Southwestern’s clinical services in infectious diseases.

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August 2009


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