Back-to-school checkups are an opportunity to keep kids
up to date with their vaccines.
This is especially important now during a pandemic. A
delay in a wellness checkup can mean missed shots. In fact, the number of vaccines ordered has dropped by 30% since the
COVID-19 outbreak began. If the community falls behind on vaccines, we could
have outbreaks of infectious diseases we had under control.
The flu shot is especially important this year
since the symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19. Anyone displaying symptoms
will be asked to isolate for two weeks.
Getting a vaccine benefits both you and contributes
to the greater good. Some people can’t get immunizations due to underlying health
conditions or allergies. They rely on everyone else in the community to be vaccinated
and reduce spread.
Vaccines have been researched extensively. We have a significant
amount of data showing that they are very safe and effective. You can fact-check
claims you hear in media by looking at a reputable source like the CDC or talking
to your healthcare provider about any concerns.
TIP: Your health plan covers vaccines with no
out-of-pocket cost to you. For those without insurance, the state will cover
the cost of childhood vaccines.
Babies get several shots in their first 18 months, but school-aged kids
need them too. Kindergarteners and 11-year-olds each get a series of vaccines. If
you’re going to a new clinic, bring your child’s vaccine history with you to their
appointment. This could be a handwritten list, or record from the child’s
previous provider or school. The CDC can assist you in
accessing your child’s records.
Preparing your child for shots
Not many people enjoy getting shots. Kids are the same.
Let your kids know that they will be going to the doctor for a checkup
and might need shots. This way they can mentally prepare, rather than being
surprised at the appointment.
Tell your child that shots come with a quick, pinching pain. Avoid telling
your child that it won’t hurt as this is usually not the case. Unexpectedly
experiencing pain may increase your child’s anxiety around health care
providers and medical procedures in the future. Remind your child of the
benefit they are getting: added protection against getting sick.