For many students across the country, August means getting ready to go back to school, but it's important that their parents don't forget that August is also National Immunization Awareness Month. Between shopping for new clothes, gathering school supplies, setting up the carpool and getting back into the school-year routine, don't forget to make sure your child's vaccinations are up-to-date.
It can be easy to underestimate the seriousness of many diseases that have available vaccines. Illnesses like polio, measles or hepatitis, are now rare among children ÔÇô but in many cases this is due in fact to successful vaccination programs, which limit the spread of the diseases. It's important to remember that these diseases can and do kill children and adults every year.
Take steps to protect your family by getting your children vaccinated. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that school-age children from preschoolers to college students get vaccines to protect them from diseases like whooping cough, measles, polio, chickenpox and meningitis.
Vaccinating your children also protects other members of the community, such as babies who are too young to be vaccinated or the elderly who may be especially susceptible. For these reasons, many schools require children to receive certain immunizations.
This year, the first back-to-school period since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, all insurance plans are required to cover recommended vaccinations at no additional cost. When your child gets vaccinations from a doctor in your insurance network, the following vaccines are fully covered: