Getting immunizations is as much a part of the back-to-school routine as buying school supplies.
August has been designated as National Immunization Month, so Superior Med is reminding parents that now is an opportune time to learn about the vaccinations their children may need prior to the new school year.
The Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) Immunization Program aims to prevent disease among Ohio residents through vaccination. It administers the Vaccines for Children program; maintains the statewide immunization registry; and offers grants to increase immunizations and vaccine use, among other services.
To help inform the public about which vaccines are recommended at different ages, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides immunization schedules for children, adolescents and adults on its website.
Some of the most common immunizations prevent:
- Whooping Cough
- Hepatitis A and B
Although parents may see posts on social media questioning the need for immunizations, they should know that not getting vaccines can lead to serious disease and paralysis, amputation, brain damage or even death in some cases.
It’s true that some mild side effects may result from vaccinations – including headache, pain or irritation at the injection site, as well as muscle and joint pain – but each vaccine is rigorously tested by scientists, physicians and the federal government to ensure its safety.
If you’re uncertain whether your child is up to date on their vaccinations, contact their pediatrician. If your child is in need of a pediatrician, call Superior Med at 740-435-4020 to find a physician.