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Safe In 60: It’s Time For Back To School Vaccines

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Back to school looks different this year thanks to the pandemic, but parents are still thinking about supplies, lunches and, yes, vaccines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a vaccine schedule that will help get children ready to head back to the classroom. It includes comprehensive information for elementary students as well as teenagers.

Families should consult their doctors about the best immunization plan for their children.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the big immunizations.

Typically, these vaccines are taken care of when kids are between the ages of 4 – 6, so just before kindergarten.

  • Chickenpox or varicella vaccine
  • DtaP, which includes a tetanus shot
  • MMR or measles, mumps and rubella
  • Flu vaccine every October

Preteens and teens also need the flu vaccine every fall.

These vaccines are given to older students

  • HPV for 11- and 12-year-olds
  • Meningitis B by 12 and Serogroup B by 16
  • T-dap for kids between 11 – 12

Contact your child’s pediatrician to best schedule the shots they’ll need to go back to school.

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