School Health News
The Delaware General Health District is urging parents of school-age children to have them vaccinated for the health and safety of all, including other students, teachers, siblings, parents and grandparents.
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for illness and can spread disease to others in their classroom and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.
Children age 4 to 6 need boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and polio.
Older children – like preteens and teens – need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), MCV (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccines.
All children 6 months of age and older should receive a yearly flu vaccine.
Immunizations are also needed throughout adult life. Every adult should get the Tdap vaccine once, to protect against pertussis, tetanus and diphtheria and then a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster every 10 years.
Vaccines are very safe. They are among the safest and most cost-effective ways to prevent disease. They could help reduce time missed from school due to illness, and save money on expensive treatments or hospitalizations.
For more information on what vaccines you or your child may need, or to schedule an appointment with the DGHD clinic, call 740-203-2040 or visit delawarehealth.org.
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