Back to School: School Shots

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A new school year is upon us, and that means it’s time to get kids ready to learn. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about preparing for school. One thing you need to do before heading back to school is check your kids’ immunization records.

Many school districts and states require certain immunizations before children are allowed to attend school, and the requirements may change, so you’ll need to make sure kids are up to date every year. Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, a pediatric infectious diseases expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says vaccinations help protect children and teens from potentially deadly diseases. They also help keep diseases from infecting others who aren’t protected.

Childhood diseases like polio, measles and mumps can be prevented with vaccinations, but some of these diseases have started coming back because of unvaccinated children. Talk to your doctor and check with your child’s school to find out what vaccines your kids may need.  

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August 2011

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