Back-to-school preparations include vaccinating children

With students preparing to head back to school, the California Department of Public Health urges parents and guardians to check the vaccine record of their children.

Many vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, can easily spread in child care and school settings.

“By getting children all of the vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), parents can protect their children from serious diseases,” Dr. Karen Smith, state public health officer, said in a news release.

California law requires students to receive certain immunizations in order to attend public and private elementary and secondary schools, as well as licensed child care centers. Schools and licensed child care centers are required to enforce immunization requirements, maintain immunization records of all children enrolled, and report student immunization status to CDPH.

Last April, CDPH reported vaccination rates are at record levels for children attending kindergarten.

To learn more about the vaccination rate of your child’s school or childcare is, go to the Shots for School website.

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