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(by: By Lamia Kadir, M.D.

August – National Immunization Awareness Month

As summer vacation draws to an end, lunches, school buses and homework will soon replace swimsuits, road trips and television. We are here to remind our patients and their parents of the importance of routine immunizations. As we all know, prevention of disease is essential for both patient health and control of medical costs.

Vaccine requirements for school entry vary from state to state. Coverage is high among kids entering school, in part related to state laws that require proof of vaccinations before school entry. For an up-to-date resource, the Texas Department of State Health Services has posted their 2013-2014 vaccine requirements for K-12

All immunizations should be completed by the 1st day of school attendance. The immunization schedule coincides well with routine physical exams, such as the 4-6 year visit before kindergarten and the 11-12 year visit before seventh grade.

An additional resource that can help you remember when your child is due is a personal, customized immunization schedule through the CDC.

It allows you to input your child’s DOB and print out a customized schedule from 0-12 years.

Let’s help our children get back to school healthy!

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