Time for back-to-school...Are your kids' vaccines up to date?

boy getting vaccinated

As your children head back to school, it is important to help them have a healthy and successful school year by doing what you can to protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Check your children’s vaccine records now and make sure their immunizations are up-to-date. Because vaccines may take a few weeks to be effective, you should not wait until your children are exposed to a disease before having them immunized.

According to the Centers for Disease Protection and Prevention (CDC) there were more than 21,000 reported cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in the United States last year, leading to 26 deaths. In addition, this year marks the highest number of measles cases reported in this country since 1996. Most of the cases reported this year were imported into the United States from countries where measles is still prevalent, including countries in Europe.

Help make sure your children are safe from vaccine-preventable diseases. Get them vaccinated.

Click here for information about the CDC recommended immunization schedule.

Thursday, August 4, 2011