Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines.
To celebrate the importance of immunizations for people of all ages – and make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need – the Oswego County Health Department is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
“All schools require children to be up to date on vaccinations before enrolling or starting school in order to protect the health of all students,” stated Jodi Martin, Supervising Public Health Nurse for Preventive Services. “If you are unsure of your school’s immunization requirements, check with your child’s doctor, school, child care provider, college health center, or local health department.”
Vaccines protect against a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.
“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to ensure a healthy future for their child,” said Jiancheng Huang, Public Health Director for Oswego County. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to find out what vaccines your child needs.”
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.
Talk to your child’s doctor to find out which vaccines are recommended for them before going back to school.
Vaccines are among the safest and most cost-effective ways to prevent disease. Protecting your children from preventable diseases will help keep them healthy and in school. Parents can find out more about the recommended vaccines at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/who/teens/index.html or call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3587.