It’s Time for Immunization Awareness
Believe it or not, the start of the school year is just around the corner. While you’re pining over where your Summer went, you should also be thinking about whether your kids vaccines are up-to-date. And, this is a great time to do it, because August is National Immunization Awareness Month.
Vaccines are the best defense against a variety of dangerous diseases, including:
- Hepatitis A and B
- Whooping Cough
According to the Centers for Disease Control, most vaccine-preventable diseases are spread from person to person. If one person in a community gets an infectious disease, he can spread it to others who are not immune. But a person who is immune to a disease because she has been vaccinated can’t get that disease and can’t spread it to others. The more people who are vaccinated, the fewer opportunities a disease has to spread.
Proper Immunization: It’s the Law
If you have school aged children, vaccinations aren’t just smart, they’re the law! The state of Illinois requires students to submit an Illinois Child Health Examination form before October 15th to remain in school. The form, which can be signed by a physician, nurse in physician’s office, school nurse, or local health agency, must report:
- Type of immunization given
- Number of immunizations
- Dates immunizations were given
Beginning fall of 2014, all students entering, transferring or advancing into kindergarten through 12th grades will be required to show proof of receipt of two doses of mumps and two doses of rubella vaccine. In addition, students entering, transferring or advancing into kindergarten, 6th or 9th grades are required to show proof of receipt of two doses of varicella vaccine. Most students likely have already received the vaccine and simply need to provide the school with verifying documentation from their health care provider.
Are Vaccines Safe?
Unfortunately, there are plenty of myths and misinformation about the potential dangers of vaccines making their way around the Internet, and kids are the ones who really suffer when their parents take fiction as fact. The truth of the matter is that approved vaccines are not only safe, but “are among the safest and most cost-effective ways to prevent disease,” according to the CDC. Further, vaccines are only permitted for use after a rigorous approval process and, even after a vaccine is approved, additional safeguards are in place to report the occurrence of any adverse reactions and to take appropriate measures.
If you’re still unsure, watch the video below to get the facts!
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