Send Your Kids Back to School with their Vaccines Up to Date
National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder
that we all need vaccines throughout our lives.
Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up to date on their vaccines.
To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need – Columbia County is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students. To see what vaccinations your child needs check out the Wisconsin Immunization Program’s website http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/immunization/index.htm.
Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, and whooping cough.
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.
School-age children need vaccines too! For example, children who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio. Older children, like preteens and teens, need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), MenACWY (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines when they are 11 to 12. In addition, yearly flu vaccines are recommended for all children 6 months and older.If your child needs immunizations before heading back to school Columbia County’s free immunization clinic is on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8am – 12pm. There is also an afternoon immunization clinic on September 8th, October 13th, November 10th and December 8th from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
Your child can receive free immunizations at one of these clinics if they are 18 years or younger and meets at least one of the following requirements:
· Uninsured or underinsured (underinsured means your child has health insurance doesn’t cover any vaccines, doesn’t cover certain vaccines or covers vaccines but has a fixed dollar limit and once that limit has been met then your child is eligible)
· Medicaid-eligible (including BadgerCare)
· Native American or Alaska Native
For more information go to: http://www.co.columbia.wi.us/columbiacounty/hhs/ServicesPrograms/PublicHealthWIC/Immunizations/tabid/797/Default.aspx
Or call us at 608-742-9227.