Friday, August 24, 2012

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Although New York City's public schools don't begin classes until September 6 this year, many schools across the country have already opened. It's a good time to make sure your child's immunizations are up to date, especially since August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has a section on their website directed at parents that looks at what immunizations are needed for different age groups and considers questions parents may have about the safety of vaccinations.

All 50 states require that students be immunized and will not permit children without immunizations to attend school, although there are exemptions available for medical and religious reasons (which vary from state to state). Check out the requirements in your state for immunizations and speak with your child's pediatrician to make sure that your child also receives non-mandatory vaccines, such as a flu shot, when appropriate.

The Centers for Disease Control has created a list of childhood diseases that can be prevented by vaccination. Parents who question why their child needs to be vaccinated should find this important reading.

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