Preventing diseases with vaccines
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some children may have missed appointments to get immunizations. With the school year back in session, it’s a good time to get caught up and protect your child from preventable diseases. Doctors agree that getting children all the shots they need during childhood is one of the most important things parents can do to help keep their children safe and healthy, especially during the pandemic.
Vaccinating on time is important
Following the vaccine schedule is an effective way to protect your children. It’s based on how a child’s immune system responds to vaccines at various ages so that your little one is protected at exactly the right time. Some vaccines require more than one shot and are designed to build immunity over time so it’s important to stick to the recommended schedule.
To know which shots your child needs and when, see the recommended immunization schedules from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Vaccination rules for schools and child cares
Many families have routines for getting ready to go back to school, including making sure that kids are up-to-date on their vaccines. And even though many students will start the school year attending remotely, they still need to have the shots required by Washington State. Find out what’s required for child cares and schools:
In our community, nearly 80% of kindergarteners were up-to-date on their childhood vaccines in 2019. The more people that are vaccinated, the less likely a disease can move from person to person. Now more than ever, let’s protect our children against preventable diseases.
Getting the Shots Your Child Needs
Do your part to protect your child and the community from vaccine-preventable diseases by staying current on childhood shots.