Why Kids aren’t Vaccinated
Despite rules by school districts to bring immunizations up to date before students can be registered for the fall semester, some students enter school without ever getting a shot. Parents can opt-out of immunizations for their children for religious or medical reasons. According to a report at San Francisco Gate, the number of parents making that choice could be on the rise – at least in some areas of the country.
“Infants are most at risk for very serious illness from whooping cough, and many are made sick by an adult who didn’t know they were carrying the illness,” Maxine Hayes, State Health Officer, told the Valley Record. “Even people who don’t have close contact with babies can spread the illness to babies when they are in public.”
Vaccination records should be a standard part of the back-to-school process for families, no matter where in the U.S. they may be located. According to a report at TC Palm, the vaccination record for children should follow this schedule:
- Four to Six Years: Before entering school for the first time, children should be caught up on their DTaP (Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis), polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), and chickenpox vaccines.
- 11-12 Years: At this age, students are due for a booster of DTaP and the vaccine for meningococcal disease (MCV4). Initial three doses of the HPV (human Papillomavirus virus) can also be administered at this age if parents choose.
- 13-18 Years: Students will require an MCV4 booster at this time.