Keeping Up to Date with Back to School Immunizations

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 classroom.

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.