Health De­part­ment: Back-To-School Im­mu­niza­tions Keep Kids Safe

McDonald County Press - - SCHOOL -

JEF­FER­SON CITY — As a new school year be­gins, par­ents and guardians need to en­sure chil­dren are up to date on their im­mu­niza­tions.

Mis­souri law re­quires that chil­dren in kinder­garten through 12th grade re­ceive im­mu­niza­tions to pro­tect against cer­tain vac­cine-pre­ventable dis­eases. This helps pro­tect ev­ery­one: chil­dren, teach­ers, staff and the com­mu­nity as a whole.

“Proper im­mu­niza­tion can pre­vent se­ri­ous health is­sues that could af­fect your child and oth­ers,” said Di­rec­tor of the De­part­ment of Health and Se­nior Ser­vices, Dr. Ran­dall

Wil­liams. “With the re­cent out­breaks of mumps and measles, be­ing com­pletely im­mu­nized is as im­por­tant as ever. Don’t wait. Talk to your physi­cian or lo­cal health

de­part­ment about your child’s im­mu­niza­tions to­day.”

Chil­dren at­tend­ing kinder­garten through sev­enth grade are re­quired to be up to date on:

• DTaP – Diph­the­ria, tetanus and per­tus­sis

• Po­lio

• Hepati­tis B

• MMR – Measles, mumps and rubella; and

• Vari­cella – Chick­en­pox Chil­dren en­ter­ing eighth grade are re­quired to have two ad­di­tional im­mu­niza­tions to pro­tect their health:

• Tdap – Tetanus, diph­the­ria and per­tus­sis (booster);

• Meningo­coc­cal ACWY. A booster dose of Meningo­coc­cal ACWY is also re­quired for chil­dren en­ter­ing 12th grade.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit health.mo.gov/liv­ing/well­ness/im­mu­niza­tions/in­dex. php.

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