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As summer is winding down, you may be thinking about what needs to get done before your child heads back to school. Do they need a new backpack? What activities are they going to participate in this coming school year?
It’s also important to remember what you can do to keep your child healthy and safe. Getting your child the vaccines they need is one of the best things you can do to protect them from serious diseases like polio, measles, and tetanus (lockjaw).
Does your child have all the vaccines they need to attend school?
Find out now, before the school year starts. Use this checklist to help you and your child get ready for back to school:
✔Check what vaccines your child needs. Your child’s health care provider or school can let you know. You can also contact your local health department to find out. All children who do not have a valid medical exemption need to get vaccinated – religious exemptions are no longer allowed in New York State.
✔Make an appointment with your child’s health care provider to get them any vaccines they need. If your child doesn’t get them before school starts, they may not be allowed to attend.
✔Check school-required vaccines off your Back to School checklist!
If you have any questions, please call Schuyler County Public Health at 607-535-8140 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about vaccines at: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/growing/index.html.