Kids First Raleigh VaccinesOne of the most important visits to your Kids First pediatrician in Raleigh involves getting vaccines. Before sending the kids off to school, check your children’s immunization records and get all the necessary vaccines. All children up to the age of 18 need vaccines. In the state of North Carolina, schools are required to check immunization records of all students before allowing children to attend. Records are checked before kindergarten and 7th grade, as well as the start of college. While you are scheduling an appointment for back-to-school vaccines, you should consider getting your child’s sports physical done as well. All Wake County schools require physicals for all school-coordinated sports. At Kids First Pediatrics, we provide physicals for sports that meet all NCHSSA requirements.
What Vaccines Should My Child Receive?Consult the vaccination schedule, which is recommended by the CDC. Vaccines can prevent serious and life-threatening diseases. Some of the vaccines that are necessary for children starting up a new year at school are required at age 2, 4, 5, 11-12, and 16. However, check the schedule for the exact immunizations required and to make sure that your child is caught up on everything.
Why Vaccinate?Some parents question the purpose of annual vaccine. To ensure your child’s health in school, sports, and activities, it is vital that you stick to the vaccine schedule. It is a common misconception that all the other kids at school are vaccinated. Disease outbreaks, though rare, are still possible, especially with all of the recent summertime traveling. The measles disease was previously declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. However, since then cases of measles reached a record high in 2014. Cases were reported in 27 states, reaching a total of 668 cases, according to the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). As of July 20, there have been close to 9,000 pertussis (whopping cough) cases in 2015. These cases were reported in all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. To protect the long-term health of your child, get those vaccines!
What if My Child Isn’t Up to Date?If your child is not fully up to date on their vaccination schedule, consult the CDC’s Catch-up vaccine schedule. This schedule is modified to help children get back on track.
Is it Still Important for Older Kids?Immunizing older children is exceptionally important. Though immunizations are required less often as a child grows up, there is still a risk of disease. One of the most important times to get immunized is at ages 11-12. The vaccines required for this age period include the Meningococcal conjugate vaccine, the Tdap vaccine, and the HPV vaccine. For some diseases, the protection gained from a vaccine dissipates over time. To prevent whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, and common causes of meningococcal disease, keep your older children’s immunization schedules up to date as well.
Immunizations at Kids First PediatricsEven though your family’s schedule is filling up with the start of the school year, make it your priority to schedule an appointment for back-to-school immunizations. For more information about immunizations or our other pediatric services,contact us at our Raleigh, NC office.