Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. Recently, the CDC recognized immunizations as one of the ten great public health achievements in the 20th century.
Getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health, especially when they are in a setting like a school or a child care center where disease outbreaks can occur. Whether it’s a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school – or even a college freshman – parents should check their child’s vaccine records.
As a result of House Bill 158, vaccine requirements for school attendance have changed for this upcoming school year. Students are now required to be vaccinated against varicella (chickenpox) and must receive a pertussis booster vaccine prior to entering 7th grade. This law goes into effect October 1st, 2015, so don’t wait until the last minute to get your child or children up to date on their vaccinations! For more information on the new vaccine requirements, click here.
The Gallatin City-County Health Department will have several Back-to-School Vaccination clinics throughout the month of August. Click here for more information on clinic dates or call 582-3100 to schedule an appointment.