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Back to School: A Reminder About Childhood Immunizations

As you prepare to send the kids back to school, now is the perfect time to ensure your children are up-to-date on their immunizations. All school-age children, from preschoolers to college students, will need vaccinations. Making sure your children receive theirs on time is one of the most important things you can do to safeguard their long-term health.

Depending upon where you live, childhood vaccinations against certain diseases may be required by your state, local government or school district. If you’re unsure of the requirements that apply in your area, take the time to check with your child’s school or pediatrician. That way, your children can get any required vaccines before the first day of classes–and avoid the possibility that they are prevented from attending.

What vaccines will my children need?

Vaccines have made our schools and communities safer as many preventable diseases have all but disappeared. However, isolated cases and larger outbreaks still happen. To keep those incidents in check, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the following childhood immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B (HepB)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV)
  • Inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV)

You can find out the specific vaccines your children need and when the doses should be given by talking with your pediatrician. You can also review the CDC’s recommended immunization schedule. Depending on your child’s individual situation, your doctor may recommend additional vaccines. Many vaccines can be given during a single doctor’s visit, with multiple vaccines in a single injection.

Are childhood immunizations safe?

There are some limited risks associated with immunizations. However, doctors agree the benefits to your children and your community far outweigh the risks. Talk to your child’s pediatrician if you have any concerns about immunizations.

We’ve got you covered!

Our 4th District IBEW Health Fund medical plan covers childhood immunizations in-network at 100% without having to meet the deductible.

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To find out more about this topic, visit the Member Assistance Program website, sign in and search for “childhood immunizations.”