It’s time for a new school year to begin. You’ve equipped your children with folders, backpacks, markers and more, but are they caught up on their vaccinations?
Vaccines immunize your children against common diseases and help build herd immunity to protect people in the community who cannot be vaccinated due to age or medical reasons. This is particularly important in a school environment, where kids, teachers, administrators and school workers operate in close proximity—an ideal situation for germs to spread and be carried home to families.
The first vaccine for COVID-19 entered a Phase 1 trial in mid-March, but the timing for the availability of an immunization for the 2020–2021 school year is uncertain. Not sure which vaccines your children need? Your child’s healthcare provider can help with that. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines help prepare you for what to expect.