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Ohio Deptartment of Health reminds parents about vaccines

Along with the back-to-school necessities such as folders and backpacks, the Ohio Department of Health wants to remind parents to make sure their kids are up to date on their vaccines against serious diseases.
To emphasize the importance of vaccinations and to make sure children are protected with all the immunizations they need, ODH is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
“When parents are thinking about their back-to-school checklists, vaccines should be at the top of the list,” said Sietske de Fijter, ODH state epidemiologist and bureau chief of infectious diseases. “Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health as well as the health of classmates and the community.”
Unvaccinated children are at an increased risk for contracting vaccine-preventable diseases, like measles, mumps and rubella. They also may spread diseases — like pertussis — which are serious or potentially life-threatening for high-risk individuals such as infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated and others who have weakened immune systems due to health conditions.
“If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs and when,” de Fijter said.
This fall will be the second school year that the new meningococcal vaccine requirement is in effect under Ohio Revised Code. All incoming seventh-graders must have one dose of the meningococcal vaccine, and all incoming 12th-graders must have a second dose of the vaccine.
ODH is currently running a back-to-school public-awareness campaign that features radio and television ads that one can hear and see across the state. Parents should check with their child’s doctor, school or local health department to learn more about specific requirements.
For more information on the meningococcal vaccine and other vaccination requirements, visit www.odh.ohio.gov/immunization.

Published: August 11, 2017
New Article ID: 2017170819999