Updated July 2022
Back-to-school checkups are an opportunity to keep kids up to date with their vaccines.
This is especially important now during a pandemic. A delay in a wellness checkup can mean missed shots. In fact, the number of vaccines ordered has dropped by 30% since the COVID-19 outbreak began. If the community falls behind on vaccines, we could have outbreaks of infectious diseases we had under control.
The flu shot is especially important this year since the symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19. Anyone displaying symptoms will be asked to isolate for five days according to the CDC.
Getting a vaccine benefits both you and contributes to the greater good. Some people can’t get immunizations due to underlying health conditions or allergies. They rely on everyone else in the community to be vaccinated and reduce spread.
Vaccines have been researched extensively. We have a significant amount of data showing that they are very safe and effective. You can fact-check claims you hear in media by looking at a reputable source like the CDC or talking to your healthcare provider about any concerns.
TIP: Your health plan covers vaccines with no out-of-pocket cost to you. For those without insurance, the state will cover the cost of childhood vaccines.
Babies get several shots in their first 18 months, but school-aged kids need them too. Kindergarteners and 11-year-olds each get a series of vaccines. If you’re going to a new clinic, bring your child’s vaccine history with you to their appointment. This could be a handwritten list, or record from the child’s previous provider or school. The CDC can assist you in accessing your child’s records.
Preparing your child for shots
Not many people enjoy getting shots. Kids are the same.
Let your kids know that they will be going to the doctor for a checkup and might need shots. This way they can mentally prepare, rather than being surprised at the appointment.
Tell your child that shots come with a quick, pinching pain. Avoid telling your child that it won’t hurt as this is usually not the case. Unexpectedly experiencing pain may increase your child’s anxiety around health care providers and medical procedures in the future. Remind your child of the benefit they are getting: added protection against getting sick.
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens
As of June 2022, the CDC now recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older as well as boosters for everyone 5 years and older. We recommend checking out the CDC’s website to check out dosage for your children.
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