Parents can do a number of things to ensure their children are healthy and happy. Providing them with a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise for example. However, following the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health. Diseases can spread quickly in child care facilities and in school classrooms. Whether you have a baby, toddler, elementary school child, preteen, teenager, or even college student, now’s the perfect time to check your child’s vaccination record.
Child care facilities, pre schools, and colleges are prone to outbreaks of infectious disease. Children in these settings spread germs by not washing their hands properly, not covering their cough, and simply being in close proximity to one another all day. Children who are not vaccinated can spread disease to others in their playgroups, at school, or in their community including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with compromised immune systems due to cancer or some other illness.
In the state of Mississippi, children are required to be vaccinated before they can enter the public school system, but school age kids aren’t the only ones who need vaccinated.
Parents can send their preteens and teenageres to middle school and high school protected from vaccine preventable disease by following the recommended immunization schedule. Plus, many colleges and universities have their own vaccine requirements for entering freshmen, especially for those living in the resident halls.
Don’t think adults are getting away with anything either. All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. A medical professional is will suggest certain vaccines based on your age, occupation, health conditions, and travel plans, but every adult including pregnant women should receive the influenza vaccine every year to protect against the seasonal flu virus. Each adult should also receive the Tdap vaccination and adults age 65 and older should be vaccinated for shingles.
Whether it’s time for back to school immunizations or just your routine flu shot, we’re here to help you keep your family’s health in check. We are conveniently located just off of Hwy 45 in Guntown. Call us at (662) 348-3342 to schedule your appointment today!