The start of the school year is just around the corner, which means that
you might be scheduling sports physicals and preventive checkups at the
pediatrician’s office. When you bring your child to the doctor for
a back-to-school physical, your doctor may recommend certain vaccines
and boosters, depending on the age and vaccination history of your child.
Keep reading for a closer look at the importance of
back-to-school immunizations and preventive healthcare for your child.
Why is immunization so important?
Thanks to immunization, a number of serious diseases have been eradicated
or significantly reduced in the United States and around the world. Unfortunately,
vaccination against these diseases is not as effective when only some
children are inoculated. Herd immunity is an important element in immunization,
so assuming that your child is safe as long as other kids are vaccinated
can put your child at risk.
Which vaccines does your child need?
Before beginning kindergarten, children may need booster shots for chickenpox,
MMR, DTaP, and polio. Pre-teens might require vaccination against whooping
cough and diphtheria, HPV, and meningitis. In some school districts, proof
of vaccination is necessary prior to enrollment in school, so scheduling
these shots early in your back-to-school planning is highly beneficial.
Can you catch up on missed immunizations?
Ideally, you should stick to the CDC’s recommended schedule of childhood
vaccines, but busy schedules and other factors can get in the way. Still,
you can work with your pediatrician to help your child catch up with missed
shots to ensure protection from serious illnesses both in and out of the
If you have questions about childhood immunization and other pediatric
healthcare concerns, contact a nurse at MountainView Hospital by calling
(702) 233-5300. Our Las Vegas hospital provides a wide range of services
for the whole family, including emergency care, obstetrics, and robotic surgery.