Summer 2012
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Immunize your Little Texan BEFORE School Starts


Many serious childhood illnesses are preventable with timely immunizations.

Thanks to immunization, we and our children can be protected from crippling and life-threatening diseases such as polio and diphtheria. But that doesn't mean these highly contagious diseases have disappeared. Many still exist in the United States and other countries and they can be transmitted to unvaccinated children and adults. Plus, side effects of diseases like varicella (measles) can be very serious, according to Sally Freeman, RN, MSN, NCSN, director of Children's/AISD Student Health Services.

That's why all children in Texas are required to have their proper immunizations before the start of each school year. Now is the perfect time to get your kids ready with their shots before the back-to-school rush begins.

Take Advantage of Summer!

Update your children's shot records now – before long lines start at your doctor's office or clinic. Children whose records are not up-to-date will not be able to begin school in August.

If your child needs immunizations before starting school in the fall, please visit his or her primary care physician or clinic. If your child's shots are already up to date, please take the shot record to the school nurse.

Older Kids Need Vaccines, Too

Don't forget older siblings who may need immunizations. High school seniors who are going away to college or high school students who plan to take dual credit courses with Austin Community College will need the meningococcal (more commonly known as bacterial meningitis) vaccination.

How to Get Help

Your child's school nurse can help if you have questions about immunizations or how to get the shots. For more information about community resources or required immunizations, visit your school district's website. Or call the handy 2-1-1 referral line. This toll-free number provides a list of health and social services in your area.

Immunize your Little Texan BEFORE School Starts

Good Health for Kids is produced by Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.