Send Your Kids Back to School With Their Vaccines Up-To-Date. August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Now is the time to make sure your kids’ vaccinations (shots) are up-to-date so that they are ready to return to school.  Having all school required vaccines not only protects your child from harmful infections, it also protects your family, their classmates and the community.  It is important to contact your child’s health care provider to make sure your child has all the needed immunizations for this school year.

Childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. Thanks to the widespread acceptance of vaccines, many of the infectious diseases that once were common place are now rare in the United States.  However, outbreaks of serious but vaccine preventable diseases, such as whooping cough, measles or mumps can still happen.

To attend school, children are required to be up-to-date on their shots.  New York State law requires that students have proof of all required vaccines or be removed from school until the vaccines are obtained.

The Onondaga County Health Department encourages parents to check with your health care providers to make sure your kids are up-to-date on all required vaccines.  Schedule your appointment TODAY for any needed immunizations.   No insurance?  Visit the Onondaga County Health Department Immunization Clinic.  Having no insurance is not a barrier and all vaccines children need for school are offered.  For more information on the clinic, call 435-2000.