Parents – it’s back to school time; are your kids’ vaccinations up to date? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a recommended schedule of immunizations for infants, small children, pre-teens, and teens. This schedule is designed to protect infants and children early in life, when they are most vulnerable and before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases, and then to continue the prevention in older children.
The schedules show the age or age range when each vaccine or series of shots is recommended. There is also a catch-up scheduler tool to see recommended vaccination dates if your child has missed any shots. Your pediatrician can answer any questions you may have.
As children return to school, there are requirements in New York State regarding vaccinations. Make sure you are aware of these before your children start school. For questions regarding child care programs, schools, and post-secondary institutions, contact the NYS Dept. of Health Bureau of Immunization’s School Assessment and Compliance Unit: