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"Back to School" and Don't Forget To Vaccinate!

Cheryl Cheatham  /  Friday, August 9, 2019  /  Categories: Just in Case  /  Rate this article:
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has provided parents an online guide to Vaccines.gov. Your Best Shot at Good Health,  The website provides information parents can consult in advance of  arriving at the doctor's appointment.  Talking about the doctor's visit in advance may provide an opportunity to work through any concerns while emphasizing the beneficial aspects of regular checkups and healthcare. 

On Feb. 13, 2019 an online News5Cleveland.com article entitled, "Parents and Doctors Debate on Vaccinations Among Children as Measles Become a Growing Concern in NEO" by Jessi Schultz discussed the importance of  the "herd immunity" or the percentage of immunized individuals you need to reduce the risk of an significant outbreak. Health officials  indicate that for herd immunity to work about 90-95% of the community must be vaccinated.  CDC statistics show that, from 2017-8, Ohio vaccinated approximately 92.1%.  Although that is within the suggested range, just being in the range isn't enough to avoid considerable consequences.  In Ohio, a measles out break at a school would mean that students who have an exemption would have to stay home for 21 days after the last known case clears up.

Dr. Lolita McDavid, the Medical Director for Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio says, "As a pediatrician, I realize that the three most important things for child health in the last 150 years has been clean water, sanitation, and vaccines. . . That is what has made the difference between children living to see their first birthday and their tenth birthday."

Additional information is available at:

CDC Features, Does Your Back-to-School Checklist Include Vaccination?
Eric Boodman, The Vaccine Whisperers:  Counselors Gently Engage New Parents Before Their Doubts Harden into Certainty, STAT Aug. 5, 2019.
UN News, 'Vaccines are Safe' and save lives, UNICEF declares, launching new #VaccinesWork campaign"
Vaccines.gov -- Your Best Shot at Good Health

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