Vaccinating your children for back-to-school

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U.S. Sgt. Benjamin Miceli draws an H1N1 flu vaccine at a troop medical clinic. Credit: Dustin Senger/Department of Defe

OKLAHOMA — One of the most important back-to-school tasks is getting your child vaccinated.

Public health officials say vaccines are the best way to ward off diseases.

As kids get older, some of the protection from their childhood shots begin to wear off. Plus, children can develop other diseases as they age.

For preteens, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccines to protect against the following diseases:

  • Meningitis
  • HPV T-dap for tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • The flu

If your child is already a teenager, the CDC recommends they update with catch-up vaccines for the following diseases:

  • Hepatits B
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Varicella

Click here for the CDC’s list of vaccines used in the U.S.


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