Public Health reminder to get children vaccinated

FONDA — The following is for the Montgomery County Public Health.

One of the most important things one can do to prepare their children for school is to get them vaccinated against serious childhood diseases like measles or whooping cough. Children of every age need to have their vaccinations updated whether they will be in daycare, preschool, kindergarten, high school or college. The New York state law requires that every child planning to go to either a childcare center or school must be immunized against meningitis, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, Hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), hib and pneumococcal disease. Hib, and pneumococcal immunizations are required for child care and pre-kindergarten programs only.

If one’s child has fallen behind or started getting vaccinated later than other children, ask a doctor for the ‘catch-up’ schedule. The health clinics and doctors’ offices are especially busy during the last few weeks of August, so make an appointment with a health care provider as early as possible.

The recent updates to immunization requirements and recommendations include the addition of the following vaccines:

∫ Children born on or after Jan. 1, 2008, who are entering a child care program need to be immunized against pneumococcal disease.

∫ Children born on or after Jan. 1, 2005, who are entering child care programs or kindergarten, need to be immunized for tetanus and pertussis.

∫ Children born on or after Jan. 1, 2005, who are entering a child care program or kindergarten, need to be immunized for varicella (chicken pox).

∫ Children born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, who will enter grades six through 12 for the 2018-2019 school year, need to be immunized for Varicella (Chicken Pox).

∫ Children born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, who will enter grades six through 12 for the 2018-2019 school year, need a booster dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis containing vaccine (Tdap).

∫ Children entering grades seventh, eighth, ninth and 12th for the 2018-2019 school year need to be immunized for meningitis.

∫ Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine annually. Be sure to immunize one’s child and oneself against the flu virus as soon as the vaccine is available.

∫ For students entering college, a tetanus-diphtheria booster is recommended every 10 years. New York state law also requires each student born on or after Jan. 1, 1957, to have one dose of mumps vaccine, one dose of Rubella vaccine, and two doses of measles vaccine. Being immunized against life-threatening meningococcal disease is specifically recommended for college students. Students should check their immunization record with their health care provider or high school to be certain they meet these requirements.

For more information about immunizations, visit the New York State Health Department web site: http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/immunization.

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