It is hard to find a more controversial topic for parents than vaccinations for children in school. But at U.S. HealthWorks, we are confident in the medical and scientific consensus that vaccines are safe and improve health.
More importantly, when people choose not to vaccinate, it can pose a risk to other children. This is why states have requirements for children to be vaccinated in order to attend public schools, and often private schools and daycare centers as well.
All of this can lead to questions that parents ask about keeping their kids healthy. If you have questions or are unsure of your state’s requirements, now is the best time to check with your child’s doctor, your child’s school, or your health department. Prepare now for any and all immunizations before the back to school rush. Late summer is the perfect time to have these appointments, with follow up in the fall for a flu shot. A great resource for parents to learn more about vaccines is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
We believe that being proactive is better than being reactive.
Immunizations are something that should be addressed throughout childhood. All school-age children, from preschoolers to post-graduate students, need to be up to date on their vaccinations. Making sure that your children receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things you can do as a parent to ensure their long-term health—as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in your community.
Outbreaks can still happen. As an example, we are seeing spikes in cases of measles around the country. This reinforces how important it is to properly follow an immunization schedule.
It’s worth noting that regular updates to vaccinations are important since diseases change. The best example of this is the flu, which should be treated with a simple flu shot usually between October and December, depending on where you live. Flu activity usually peaks in February and vaccination should take place before that time. High risk individuals are especially encouraged to get vaccinated. These individuals include anyone over 65 years of age, have a chronic or long-term condition, or are pregnant. Even those who are not in the high-risk categories should still get protection against the flu.
Vaccines are not only vital for the classroom. We also offer vaccines and immunizations for adults for common conditions and for travel. The Zika Virus brought a lot of attention to travel vaccines, and it is important to check with your doctor depending on the region of the world you may be visiting.
Common vaccinations/immunizations required for international travel are:
- Hepatitis B vaccine
- Hepatitis A/B vaccine
- Typhoid vaccine
- Tetanus vaccine
- Diphtheria vaccine
- Polio vaccine
- Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine
- Meningococcal meningitis vaccine
- Rabies vaccine
- Japanese Encephalitis vaccine
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
- Chicken pox (varicella) vaccine
- Flu shots
- Tuberculosis (TB) skin test
- Yellow Fever – Yellow Fever vaccine is not available at all locations
Not sure what you need? Ask yourself these questions. Then talk to your doctor before your trip.
- Have you obtained health information pertaining to travel in tropical or developing countries?
- Have you received all required to recommended travel vaccines?
- Have you inquired about protection against malaria?
- Are you aware of how you protect yourself against food and water-borne diseases?
- Are you equipped to handle medical emergencies or injuries while traveling?
U.S. HealthWorks believes that misinformation causes confusion. That is why we recommend talking to your doctor to answer any questions you have, as well as keeping your children up to date with the most current vaccines. You can also find information on our website.