Back to School Shots

by Kelly Choate on August 17, 2011 at 6:35 am

Kids getting ready for school need notebooks, pencils and folders, but they can’t return to the classrooms without up-to-date immunization records.

Medical Director at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Dr. Vicki Whitacre said children entering kindergarten should visit the doctor before school starts to go over early childhood vaccinations.  She said older children aren’t off the hook either.

"Older children, particularly those entering seventh grade, they need to have an update on their Tdap, which gives them protection against Tetanus, Whooping Cough, which is Pertussis, and Diphtheria," said Whitacre.

Whitacre said that teenagers should get shots for Meningitis and HPV.  She said that vaccinations can prevent the spread of disease through the school system.

"A couple of years ago, we had a little Pertussis outbreak, and we want to prevent that from happening again," said Whitacre.

Whitacre said to schedule your child’s appointment as soon as possible.  Vaccinations are available at the health department.