Make Sure Vaccinations Are on Your Back-to-School List

There are all sorts of specials going on at stores on line and in person for back-to-school supplies. Students of all ages are buying their writing utensils, notebooks, backpacks and other essentials. To round things off and get ready for the school year, remember to check your child’s recommended and required immunizations for school.

In El Paso, Texas, where measles has appeared for the first time in quite a while, school officials are making it very clear that children need to be caught up with their MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine requirements before entering schools. In Washington State, there is no longer a philosophical or personal belief exemption to the MMR vaccine, only medical exemptions are allowed. (Authentic religious exemptions are still allowed, though none of the major religions prohibit vaccination.)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have put together a great resource for making sure vaccines are in your back-to-school list, just click here.

Author: René F. Najera, DrPH

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