YOUR LIFE YOUR HEALTH

Utah doctor talks about how important vaccinations are for kids heading back to school

Jul 28, 2022, 5:30 PM | Updated: 10:32 pm

TOOELE, Utah — School is just around the corner and if you have kids entering kindergarten or seventh grade, that means it’s time to get them immunized.

“We need to make sure that we get our kids protected against diseases that really can impact them and their future,” said Dr. Tamara Sheffield, Medical Director, and Preventive Medicine Doctor at Utah Valley Intermountain Hospital.

When starting kindergarten, they need to be up to date on all shots including Polio, chicken pox, DTaP, and MMR. Seventh graders also need a Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine. Doctors also recommend flu, COVID, and HPV vaccines.

Tooele mom of two, Louisa, said her 5-year-old Elodie could not be more excited for kindergarten.

“She’s very social,” Louisa said. “She will love to see friends every day.”

Starting school also means a trip to the doctor’s office.

For Elodie, she still gets a little nervous before shots.

“I mean, it still hurts, she is still a kid. She cries a little bit but she’s brave about the whole thing,” Louisa said.

Dr. Sheffield said when it comes to nervous kids, the trick is sugar.

“Give them a sugar-based drink before they get their vaccine, that helps. Pain is impacted by something like that.,” Dr. Sheffield said. “The other thing is just to help them understand why they’re getting the shot and that this is something that’s going to keep them healthy.”

Dr. Sheffield said the vaccine requirements for entering school are important.

“Vaccine-preventable diseases can be deadly,” she said. “One of the best times to be able to remember to do that is a school starting, we have those requirements to keep everyone in the school in the classroom safe.”

You can ger more information on specific requirements for kindergarten students here and seventh graders here.

 

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Your Life Your Health

New mom Michelle Jackson had problems breastfeeding little Jason so she called a lactation consulta...
Ayanna Likens

Some moms struggle with breastfeeding, here are some helpful tips

August is breastfeeding awareness month, and for some mothers who want to breastfeed, it doesn’t come easy. Intermountain Healthcare shares some tips on how to help.
4 days ago
...
Ayanna Likens

Three healthy back-to-school lunches using the same ingredients

Chef Christopher Delissio with Intermountain shares three healthy lunches to put in your kid’s school lunch box, all using the same ingredients.
10 days ago
Dr. Randa Tao is the lead researcher on the study at the Huntsman Cancer Institute....
Jed Boal

Researchers find patients with specific cancer at higher risk for mental health issues

New research out of Huntsman Cancer Institute reveals that Hodgkin lymphoma patients and survivors are more likely to suffer from mental health and substance abuse disorders than the general population.
12 days ago
Hillary Ramone's son Parker stops for a water break while at the park....
Ayanna Likens

Proper hydration is about more than just drinking water

Intermountain doctors share tips on how to keep you and your kids hydrated in Utah’s high heat.
24 days ago
When the UV Index is seven or higher you are at a higher risk for skin cancer. Use sunscreen or con...
Ayanna Likens

Staying safe in the sun: Don’t forget to check the UV Index

Utah has the highest rate of melanoma in the nation with 42 cases per 100,000 people, double the national average. That’s why doctors at Intermountain Medical Center said you need to protect yourself when headed outside.
1 month ago
Dynna Farr, athletic trainer at Intermountain Healthcare for Wasatch High School, talks with 17-yea...
Keri Wilcox

Proper concussion protocol key to recovery for young athletes

Of all the sports injuries high school athletes can encounter — one of the most serious can be concussion. A concussion care plan can help them fully heal and safely get them back in the game.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
...
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...
AARP Utah

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
Utah doctor talks about how important vaccinations are for kids heading back to school