National Immunization Awareness Month: Prepare for the School Year with a Healthy Start

Not only does immunization work to keep your child healthy, but it can dramatically reduce the widespread impact of serious diseases. Cases of illnesses like small pox, polio, and diphtheria are virtually unheard of in the United States today, though they had much more significant impact just decades ago. Unfortunately, as these diseases have been controlled by vaccination, some individuals have lost sight of the importance of immunization , failing to vaccinate their children fully or at all. Recent outbreaks of the measles and whooping cough have shown the immediate danger of slacking off on vaccines, which is why you should take time in the back to school season to make sure that your child is up to date with his or her immunization.

Talk to your child’s pediatrician

If you have concerns about vaccination, you should certainly voice these concerns to your child’s pediatrician. While answering your questions, your child’s doctor can recommend an appropriate schedule of vaccinations, including those that should be given before the coming school year.

Schedule an annual flu shot

While your child will not need all major vaccinations and boosters every year, there is an annual immunization that should be scheduled: The flu shot. Every member of your household should have a flu shot once per year, and the start of the school year may be a perfect time. When kids return to the classroom, they spread germs quickly and often get sick within the first few weeks of school.

Communicate with other parents

Effective immunization requires a community effort , so you should discuss vaccination with other parents and encourage them to talk to their child’s pediatricians about the right shots for their kids.

As you explore resources to help you maintain a healthy family, contact Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas. Our nurses can answer your questions and provide physician referrals when you give us a call at (702) 233-5300.

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