Doctors say your Back-to-School checklist should include vaccines

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Getting kids ready for the first day of class typically involves new notebooks, shoes and backpacks. 

It’s also a time to make sure your kids are good to go when it comes to their health.

Across the nation, school-age kids are required to be immunized.

This not only protects your child’s long-term heath, but helps protect the health of classmates and friends too.

Studies show unvaccinated children are at an increased risk for getting diseases like measles, mumps and chickenpox.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, putting vaccines at the top of your back-to-school checklists is important, especially since schools have an extremely high number of germs.

What Parents Need to Know:

  • The CDC has online resources and tools to help you make sure your kids are up to date on recommended vaccines and protected from serious diseases.
  • If you don’t have health insurance, or your insurance policy doesn’t cover all recommended childhood vaccines, your child may be eligible for vaccines through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.
  • If your children have missed any vaccines, doctors can use the catch-up immunization schedule to get them back on track.  

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