Back to School Immunizations: Are Your Kids Prepared?

It’s back to school season, which means you’re shopping for new notebooks and getting final appointments in before the first bell. Of course, you want to make sure that the only thing your children bring back from school is homework. 

Back to school shots will not only help your children stay healthy, but also their classmates and other members of your community. 

Dr. Chantal Dalencour explains the benefits of getting your children their immunization shots before heading back to school. Talk to a physician at Westshore to see if your child is up to date for his back to school shots. Image of smiling children sitting at desks.

Back to School Vaccines

Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases are uncommon in the United States, largely because of people getting the appropriate vaccines. Still, cases of measles, whooping cough, and other preventable diseases still occur, making it important that you get your kids get the following shots:

Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) booster

• For preteens (11-12), plus teens who haven’t gotten the shot yet

Meningococcal conjugate vaccine

• First dose at 11 or 12 and second dose at 16-18

Human papillomavirus vaccine

• Three doses over a six-month period starting at 11 or 12 years old

DTaP vaccine

• Four to five doses before starting kindergarten

Hepatitis B

• Three doses before starting kindergarten

MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)

• Two doses before starting kindergarten


• Three to four doses before starting kindergarten


• Two doses before starting kindergarten

Influenza vaccine

• Yearly starting at 6 months

For a full list of school vaccination requirements by state and grade, check out the Centers for Disease Control's helpful survey section.

Getting Your Shots in Order

It’s important that your kids are ready for school, and that includes vaccines. Each child is different, however, so make sure to speak with a physician about which shots your son or daughter will need. Give us a call at 440-327-6687 or contact us online to set up an appointment today.

Dr. Chantal Dalencour, M.D.

DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.

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