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Send your kids back to school with their vaccines up to date

Posted on 08/06/2019
Girl getting vaccine in armWeld County — Back-to-school season is here. It’s a time for parents to gather school supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up to date on their vaccines.

Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough, and chickenpox.

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk of disease and can spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community—including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.

School age children need vaccines. For example, kids who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, also called whooping cough), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), and polio. Older children, like pre-teens and teens, need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), HPV (human papillomavirus), and MenACWY (meningococcal conjugate virus) vaccines.

To learn more, parents can review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended immunization schedule

The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment offers vaccines at its Greeley location (1555 North 17th Avenue) and its Southwest Weld location (4209 County Road 24 ½). The Health Department accepts Medicaid, Cigna, BCBS, and CHP+ and provides low- or no-cost vaccines for people without insurance. Call (970) 304-6420 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.