It's hard to think that school will be starting soon...we just started summer! When it comes to scheduling appointments however, it's the right time. Summer time is the busiest time for doctor appointments and waiting too long for vaccinations can delay your children from returning to school or even starting.
Why are vaccinations important?
School-age children, from preschoolers, to middle schoolers, to college students, need vaccines.
Simply, immunizations saves millions of lives and prevents illness and lifelong disability in millions more. Many childhood diseases are now preventable by vaccines. Only a few decades ago this was not the case. It often resulted in hospitalization, death or lifelong consequences. Amazingly, without immunizations, serious outbreaks of many of the diseases can reoccur.
The 2015-2016 Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements for Students Grades K-12 have been released and can be found here. As legislatively-mandated by §97.63 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), the immunization requirements for Texas students have been updated. No new vaccines are required for the upcoming school year.
For more Public Health information for Comal County, please click here.
So as you plan your summer schedule filled with pool parties, BBQ's, and vacations, don't forget to call your child's physician to ensure your child grows up healthy.