Health Watch - Summer's End: Vaccinations

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The Labor Day weekend is the traditional end of the summer holiday season, even though summer lasts a few more weeks. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about some things to keep in mind as summer comes to a close. The new school year is a good time to make sure children’s vaccinations are up to date.

Even if you think your child’s immunizations are current, you should double-check with your pediatrician. States may have changed their regulations for which vaccinations are required, and in some places, children won’t be allowed to attend school if they aren’t current.

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, a pediatric infectious disease expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says vaccinations help to keep kids safe from serious diseases by protecting them and stopping diseases from spreading. Without vaccinations, children could be at risk for life-threatening diseases like polio, measles and mumps.


August 2010

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