Does your back-to-school checklist include vaccination?

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Posted 8/15/22

With the start of the school year just a few weeks away, now is the time to ensure children are up to date on their immunizations. By following the recommended immunization schedule for your …

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Does your back-to-school checklist include vaccination?

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With the start of the school year just a few weeks away, now is the time to ensure children are up to date on their immunizations. By following the recommended immunization schedule for your children, you help protect them from disease outbreaks, according to public health officials with the Harnett County Health Department.

Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as chicken pox, meningitis, measles, pertussis (whooping cough) and others are still seen across North Carolina. Keeping children up to date on vaccinations is the best way to keep them healthy and reduce unnecessary absences from school. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month. This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life.

Whether children are homeschooled or attend a public, private or charter school, state laws require they stay up to date for certain vaccinations based on their age, as recommended.

The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible. The benefit of COVID-19 vaccines, like other vaccines, is that those vaccinated get protection without risking the potentially serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19, according public health officials.

Additional information on vaccine-preventable diseases and immunizations for North Carolina families is available on the Health Department’s website at www.harnett.org.health.

The Health Department’s Child Health Clinic provides: immunizations, physicals (sports, preschool, kindergarten, camp and daycare) well-child check-ups, and sick visits.

For more information, contact the Harnett County Health Department at 910-893-7550.

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