Making sure your kids are up-to-date on vaccinations for their age range doesn’t just keep them safe, but also their classmates, teachers, and everyone else who lives in your home. Vaccination of school-age children is one of the most important ways we can protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases. Outbreaks of diseases such as polio, diphtheria, measles, mumps, and rubella were a common occurrence before vaccines were available. Being vaccinated is important because some people for medical reasons, such as compromised immune systems, cannot receive all vaccines. These people must rely on the community to help protect them from exposure to these diseases by community wide vaccination.
Don’t Wait to Vaccinate
The Oklahoma Immunization Act passed in 1970 requires all students to meet immunization requirements before they enter or attend any public or private school in the state. Oklahoma State Board of Health also establishes the regulations specifying which vaccines and how many doses of each vaccine are required. And don’t worry, the school nurse and doctors’ offices will notify parents or guardians when its time for a required immunization.
What Vaccinations Do My Kids Need?
A fantastic website for health concerns over all and vaccine information specifically is the Oklahoma State Department of Health. This site includes the list of immunization requirements for the 2019-2020 school year for K-12, colleges and universities, and child-care facilities. A brief rundown of those for public school students includes:
- DTaP: (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
- Tdap: (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
- IPV: (Polio)
- PCV: (pneumococcal)
- Hib: (Haemophilus influenzae type B)
- MMR: (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
- Hep A: (hepatitis A)
- Hep B: (hepatitis B)
- Varicella: (chickenpox)
Why Are Vaccinations So Important for Children?
It is not a stretch to say that millions of lives have been saved in the last one hundred years by pre-emptive vaccinations. Many childhood diseases that devastated populations in previous generations, such as polio, are now completely eradicated or close to being so. If you are expecting a baby or in the beginning stages of planning to start a family, learning about the necessary immunizations for children in their first months and years of life is critical information to guarantee their short- and long-term health. If you have concerns about whether vaccinations are safe for children, consult a pediatrician. The more knowledge you have on the subject, the easier it is to make an informed decision for the benefit of your children and yourself.
It’s important to keep up-to-date with immunizations and if you have fallen behind on vaccination then you should schedule a time with a physician to bring yourself up-to-date on immunizations. Our experienced staff is here to provide the community with the utmost quality of services to help our community. Tulsa ER & Hospital is here to support your family 24/7, 365 with concierge-level emergency care for all ages.
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