Don’t let children start school without immunizations |

Don’t let children start school without immunizations

Children spend many hours a week in classrooms filled with other children, some of whom are sick. Not all illnesses can be prevented, but many — such as whooping cough, measles and chickenpox — can.

Be sure that your child has received all of the required and recommended immunizations to protect them from serious diseases. Children generally need a round of shots prior to starting kindergarten (DTaP, Polio, MMR and Varicella), another set of shots prior to starting sixth grade (Tdap, Meningococcal, Human papilloma virus, 2nd varicella), and a meningococcal booster after turning 16.

Many children are not current and will need some shots at other times. Before school starts, talk to your child’s family healthcare provider or call Grand County Public Health, 970-725-3288.

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