The school year is right around the corner. Chances are you've already had your child's required annual physical, complete with updating any needed vaccines. Staying on schedule with all health screenings and vaccinations is one of the many ways to keep your kids safe from illness and avoid infecting their peers.
Kenneth Fox, MD, Pediatrician at NorthShore, gives parents some tips on preparing for back-to-school shots: (Please note this is just a sample list of vaccines needed. Please refer to your office guidelines for shots).
Children should have the primary series of all the following vaccines by 0-12 months of age:
Booster doses of several of these occur between 12 and 18 months and then again between ages 4 -6 years. Influenza vaccines are yearly beginning at 6 months of age.
Most kids don’t like being pricked by needles or look forward to getting shots. Dr. Fox gives some advice on how to ease the pain of getting shots:
When do you usually schedule your child’s back-to-school appointments? Do you have any tips to help with shots?
For more information, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health, Immunization Program website.