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Back-to-School Immunizations

Aug 05, 2015Health Focus

“Vaccines are among the safest and most cost-effective ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.”

Back-to-school has arrived, which means school supply and new clothes shopping, but it’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids have all of their immunizations. And, since August is National Immunization Month, we’d like to highlight the importance of vaccines.

Immunizations (also known as vaccinations) aren’t just for kids—we all need to get them to protect us from minor, and sometimes deadly, diseases. Ensuring your child has all recommended vaccinations is one of the most important things parents can do. Children who are not vaccinated are at an increased risk for disease, which can be spread in the classroom and the community.

Vaccines are among the safest and most cost-effective ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. All vaccinations are thoroughly tested before licensing and carefully monitored after they are licensed. Having updated vaccinations could also help to reduce a child’s time missed from school due to illness, and could help to save money on medical expenses.

People of certain ages should get immunizations to stay safe and healthy.

  • Everyone older than six months needs a seasonal flu shot.
  • Kids under six years old need a series of shots to protect against polio, measles, chicken pox, and hepatitis.
  • Kids between 11 and 12 years old need shots to protect against diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, and meningitis.
  • All adults should get a tetanus shot every 10 years, and adults at age 65 need a one-time pneumonia shot.

 We make getting your child up-to-date on their immunizations easy. Our primary care providers can look up your child’s records for free on Idaho’s Immunization Reminder Information System (IRIS*) and let you know what they need to be current and ready for school. You will be able to get the needed shots right then or schedule a time that is convenient for you.

Please call your family doctor for more information, or you can visit 1st Choice Urgent Care for any of your family’s immunization needs. Also, try to bring in any immunization records you have when visiting a doctor.

*IRIS is a secure Idaho immunization registry. If you are a new resident to Idaho and have not transferred your child’s immunization record to IRIS, the record may be incomplete. If you have a physical print out of your child’s immunization record, our primary care providers can update IRIS for you.