Getting Ready for Back to School

By: AvMed Health Tips AvMed Health Smarts, Pediatrics, Preventive Care

With the new school year upon us, it’s time for parents to get their kids ready. One of the most important things that parents can do right now is to immunize their children. By ensuring that your children’s vaccines are up to date, you not only protect them but others around them as well.

Whether you’re dealing with a toddler heading to preschool or a teenager starting high school, the first step you should take is checking your kids’ vaccination records.

AvMed has the resources to help ensure your kids are properly vaccinated. The types of immunizations your children need will vary based on age, and it’s crucial that your children get the right shots at the right times to provide the best protection.

These are some of the recommended immunizations for children from birth through the teen years:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine series
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine series
  • Hepatitis A (HepA) vaccine series
  • Hepatitis B (HepB) vaccine series
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series
  • Inactivated polio (IPV) vaccine series
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine series
  • Meningococcal serogroups A,C,W,Y (MCV) vaccine
  • Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine series
  • Rotavirus (RV) vaccine series
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine
  • Varicella (VZV) vaccine

Most immunizations use a series of shots, or “boosters,” to provide long-term effectiveness, and each shot must be given according to a recommended timetable. Be sure to follow the immunization schedule recommended by your physician and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Besides catching up on vaccinations, your children should also undergo a well-child visit. During this visit, their Provider will guide them on nutrition and physical activity as well as monitor their body mass index. Together with immunizations, well-child visits ensure that your child enjoys the best possible health – not just in school but all the way through adulthood.

To view the complete 2018 Childhood Immunization Recommendations, click here.


EMBRACE | August 2018