Here’s Your Vaccination Explanation

Our Wellness Wednesday column last week discussed the importance of scheduling that back-to-school checkup with your health provider for each child in the family.  This week we’ll touch on another key reason for annual well-checks.  This is a good time of year to stay current on vaccinations.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect their children – from infancy all the way through the teenage years. The reason is simple: diseases like diphtheria, polio and tetanus can cause hospitalization or even death. But thanks to modern medicine, these potentially deadly diseases are preventable.

According to the CDC, the following highly contagious and preventable diseases are most prevalent in children under the age of 6:

•Chickenpox (Varicella)
•Diphtheria
•Flu (Influenza)
•Hepatitis A
•Hepatitis B
•Hib
•Measles
•Mumps
•Polio
•Pneumococcal
•Rotavirus
•Rubella
•Tetanus
•Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

CDC also recommends that children, pre-teens and teens between the ages of seven and 18 should receive a yearly flu vaccination, as well as vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal disease and Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-acelluar pertussis).

The CDC encourages all children get vaccinated for these dangerous diseases, but each state has different requirements for attendance in public schools. To see what NC requires at each age, visit http://www.leecountync.gov/Departments/PublicHealth.aspx

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