August 'Healthful Hint'

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"It's the rule ... Shots before school!"

It's time for parents to gather school supplies and backpacks. It's also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up-to-date on their vaccines. Making sure that children of all ages receive all of their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things you can do as a parent to ensure your children's long-term health - as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in your community.

School-age children, from preschoolers to college students, need vaccines. Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before attending to protect the health of all students.

Common Questions:

• Why are childhood vaccines so important?

Today's childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough and chickenpox.

• What can happen if you don't vaccinate your kids?

If a communicable disease occurs in a school and children are not up to date on vaccines, they could be excluded for up to several weeks. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk of disease and can spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community.

• Where can I get the vaccinations I need?

If you have insurance (including Medicaid): Schedule an appointment with your primary care provider.

If you don't have health insurance or your insurance does not cover vaccines: Contact the Rock County Public Health Department (608-757-5440).

Beat the back-to-school rush and schedule an appointment with your doctor today! Remember the rule: Shots before school!

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