School is back in session for kids, but doctors say it’s not too late to get children their back to school shots.
Pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Stephanie Stovall says at certain ages children need to be updated on their vaccines. “The two main times for vaccines for school are four to six years of age and 11 and 12 year visit.”
It’s common for kids to get sick when returning to or starting school. “Florida does have requirements, like diphtheria tetanus proteases, polio, influenza, pneumococcal, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella and hepatitis B,” said Dr. Stovall.
Between ages 11 and 12 children need to have their diphtheria tetanus proteases vaccine updated. Other recommended vaccines at age 11 and 12 are the meningococcal vaccine. It’s called MCV4 because it covers four of the main types of the disease that cause meningitis in teenagers. “What you really worry about is death from these illnesses that use to kill off thousands of children each year,” said Dr. Stovall.
Doctors also encourage the chicken pox vaccine before children start school. “Chicken pox vaccine is a very good vaccine that doesn’t completely eradicate your chance of getting chicken pox, but the severity is greatly reduced,” said Dr. Stovall.
Starting at age 9, children are also able to get the HPV vaccine. “The most important thing is that you get HPV vaccine before 15 years of age. There’s some recent data that’s come out that shows us that children that are younger actually respond to the vaccine much better,” said Dr. Stovall.
All recommended vaccines can help keep kids healthy and protected from serious illness.
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