It happens every year. It doesn’t seem like summer will ever end, and before you know it, you are scrambling to prepare the kids to go back to school. While picking out backpacks and lunch boxes is fun, don’t forget to make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician.
Many of us are focused on what might be your child’s highest priority, a sports physical. But it is also a great time for a routine annual physical and to make sure their vaccines are up to date. You should check with your local school district to see what vaccinations are required. You should also talk with your doctor/pediatrician to discuss your concerns and the importance of being vaccinated.
Immunizations save lives. You never know when you or your child will come into contact with someone with a disease. By being vaccinated, you also protect others that may be unable to tolerate vaccines due to their age or a medical condition.
Many health insurance policies cover routine wellness visits and vaccinations. Be sure to check your health insurance policy to see if your child is covered. If you find you don’t have coverage for routine vaccines, there are other programs available. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/features/vfcprogram/ to see if you qualify.
Recent news revealed a measles outbreak affecting visitors to Disney® California Adventure Park earlier this year. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) has reported an increasing number of cases of whooping cough, measles, and mumps. These announcements underscore the importance of vaccinations.
Make vaccines part of your back to school routine, and don’t forget to make sure everyone knows how important it is to keep them up to date.
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