Are your children up-to-date on their immunizations?
The California School Immunization Law outlines the immunizations required for school and childcare entry. The school and child care immunization requirements are not as comprehensive as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommendations.
Preparing for school means gathering supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines. Getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health.
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread a disease to others in their classroom and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions. Schools are highly susceptible to outbreaks of infectious diseases because students can easily transmit illnesses to one another as a result of poor hand washing, uncovered coughs, and dense populations.
Children age 4 to 6 are due for boosters of four vaccines: Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and polio. A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for all children 6 months and older. Immunizing your children is one of the best things you can do to protect them against serious diseases.
Where can my children get vaccinated? For a community clinics near you, that provide Immunization services for Children and Youth in Santa Clara County click the following link (English/Spanish/Vietnamese ).