Focus on Health: National Immunization Awareness Month

Nurse administering an intramuscular vaccination in the left shoAs August is National Immunization Awareness Month, it is a good time to think about what vaccinations your kids may need as they head back to school or daycare.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local vaccination requirements for daycare and school entry are important for maintaining high vaccination coverage rates, and in turn, lower rates of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). Therefore, state laws establish vaccination requirements for school children and daycare facilities. It is important to keep a record of your child’s vaccination record for when your child returns to daycare or school.


Immunization is the single most important way parents can protect their children from serious diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can have a costly impact, resulting in doctor’s visits, hospitalizations, and even premature deaths in certain cases. When children are sick, parents lose time from work when they have to stay home to care for their little one. The CDC notes that immunizing individual children can also help to protect the health of our community, especially those people who cannot be immunized (children who are too young to be vaccinated, or those who can’t receive certain vaccines for medical reasons), and the small proportion of people who don’t respond to a particular vaccine. With that being said, it is extremely important to make sure that your child is up-to-date with their vaccinations.


According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), vaccines have contributed to a significant reduction in many childhood infectious diseases, such as diphtheria, measles, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Some infectious diseases, such as polio and smallpox, have been eliminated in the United States because of vaccines.


Parents and caregivers are encouraged to ask their pediatrician any questions they may have in regards to vaccinations so that their children and the community can be as healthy as they can be.


Health Net members can find all preventive screening guidelines on the member portal at under the Wellness Center section > Tips for Healty Living > Additional Resources> Preventive Care Guidelines > Preventive Guidelines.


You may also view the Centers for Disease Control’s 2016 immunization schedule for children here.









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Susan Peters