School Immunizations for the Upcoming 2013-2014 School Year

As August approaches it is recommended that children start receiving their school immunizations for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. According to the CDC, children are required to receive their school immunizations before entering kindergarten and 6th grade.

Children who are entering kindergarten are required to have a series of school immunizations and students entering 6th grade are required to receive the T-dap immunization.

Young adults are also required to have certain vaccines before entering a college or university.

What Diseases School Immunizations are Required for

Depending on the state and the school’s requirements children must be vaccinated against most of the following diseases:

However, according to the National Network for Immunizations Information “Common Questions about School Immunizations Laws,” 48 out of the 50 states permit religious exemptions (excluding Mississippi and Virginia), and 20 states allow an exemption for philosophical reasons.

Why School Immunizations are Required

The FDA regulates all vaccines to ensure safety and efficacy. Although there is no federal law stating that school immunizations are required, all 50 states require certain vaccinations for children entering public schools.

These school immunizations are required to ensure that the public is safe against any diseases children might carry.

Pros and Cons of School Immunizations

Although vaccines prevent diseases like polio and smallpox that once killed thousands of children, some vaccines may cause reactions such a paralysis, anaphylactic shock and sudden death.

According to the Institute for Health Freedom some vaccines are believed to be unnecessary because the threat of death from disease is small.

Further Information on School Immunizations

For more information regarding school immunizations required for your child and vaccine exemption, visit your local health care provider or visit http://www.cdc.gov/.

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