Back to school means time to check your children's vaccination status
With the new school year underway, it's a good time for some health housekeeping. It's important to check to see if your kids are up-to-date on their vaccinations.
"It's very easy to fall behind and a simple phone call to your primary care practitioner will assure you that your children are up to date, or whether you need to make an appointment," said Dr. Robert Jacobson at the Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Jacobson says parents need to be aware that changes were made in the recommended vaccination schedule in the last few years. For example, the vaccine for HPV or Human Papillomavirus is now recommended for both boys and girls, starting at age 11. Many practices now give the shot starting at age 9.
It's a hard vaccine to work in to the regular pace of life, it's three doses given over six months, and parents need to be aware that the timings critical, to get that now rather than later on," Jacobson said.
Changes were also made in the schedule for the meningitis vaccine.
And while it's a little early, something to keep on the radar is the yearly flu shot. The CDC says everyone, aged 6 months and older should get a flu shot.