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Back-To-School Vaccines
July 25, 2014

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Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox It may be difficult to believe, but it's almost back-to-school time for many counties.

While vaccines can be a little stressful for parents and kids, oftentimes the anxiety leading up to them is worse than the actual shot.

"It just felt like one pinch," Luke Shaffer said.

He's getting ready to go into kindergarten, so his mom brought him in to get up-to-date on his vaccinations. A couple of things helped ease both of their fears.

"We prayed in the lobby and asked God to help us be strong, and then we're going to get ice cream afterwards," his mom Rebekah said.

She did plenty of research after hearing about recent outbreaks of previously eradicated diseases like measles in Ohio.

"This is his first time going to school, so being around other children, I want to make sure that he's protected from them and they're protected from him, and so that nobody spreads any diseases and those things that are dangerous," she said.

If you have a child going into kindergarten, seventh or 12th grade, you'll have to show proof they are up-to-date on vaccinations.

With school starting back earlier than ever in many counties, you want to make your appointment ASAP. Dr. James Bailes at Cabell Huntington Hospital Pediatrics says a yearly checkup with your child's pediatrician can make sure they're on track.

"Check and make sure they're up to date with their vaccines, make sure they're healthy, make sure they're growing well, they don't have have any problems with their blood pressure, things the parents may not always pick up on," he said.

He said your child's doctor can address any concerns then, including questions about vaccines.

"There are some risks involved but the benefits outweigh them fairly handily," he said.

Here are the kindergarten requirements:
DTaP, polio, MMR, chickenpox and hepatitis B vaccines

Seventh-graders:
Tdap and a dose of the meningitis vaccine

Twelfth-graders:
Tdap and a second dose of the meningitis vaccine if their first dose was given before their 16th birthday

You can find out more information here:
http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/oeps/immunization/info4groups/Pages/populations.aspx

You can also get your child vaccinated and ready to go back to school at a special event sponsored by Cabell Huntington Hospital August 9. From 11-3 at the Huntington Mall, they'll hold a back-to-school fair with free screenings, vaccinations from the Cabell Huntington Health Department, and resources for parents and kids.



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