Back-to-School Immunizations

Back-to-School Immunizations
Posted on 06/03/2021
Back-to-School Immunizations

Now that your child has completed 6th grade, it is time to start thinking about getting ready for 7th grade.  With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen an overall decrease in routine childhood immunizations.  Now, with the COVID-19 vaccine expanding to further age groups and being able to be administered around the same time as other vaccines, it is a great time to get started on back-to school vaccinations as well.  We would like to update you on immunizations that are required for 7th grade students.   These required shots are:

·      Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) 

·      Meningococcal - a very serious bacterial infection that progress very rapidly and needs immediate medical attention

Other vaccinations that are recommended for 11-12 year olds are:

·       Gardasil (HPV) for protects against several types of cancers.

·       Hepatitis A vaccine to prevent serious liver disease from consuming food or water that was contaminated.  This disease is often spread due to lack of proper hand washing by food handlers.

As of May 14
th, 2021, 12 year olds are able to receive:

· Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine – respiratory virus which can lead to serious illness

·  2 doses are required with at least 3 weeks (21 days) between each dose

· Please contact your medical clinic for scheduling or visit to find a location near you

We hope that by reminding you of these requirements and recommendations, you will plan for these vaccines to be given before school begins.  Routine shots may be done at your medical clinic or at any of the Countryside Public Health offices.  Both facilities have taken extra precautions to ensure that your child can come in and receive these vaccinations in a safe manner.  Please call ahead when planning these appointments so we can better prepare for your arrival.

If you have questions, contact your medical clinic, School Nurse or Countryside Public Health, 1-800-657-3291.