Back to School Preparations Should Include Vaccinations
Jennifer Lourenco Reporting
Double-checking your child’s vaccination records should be on the top of every parent’s back to school checklist.
Jenny Camper with the Immunization Advocacy Network of Ohio says parents are encouraged to check with their family doctor or health care provider to make sure their children are protected as they start the new school year.
Camper says as children reach their teenage years, they need another round of vaccinations.
Camper says vaccinations are important for students of all ages, but says parents should be particularly mindful of college bound students, who are particularly at risk for potentially fatal diseases like meningitis.
Camper says Ohio law does not specify immunization requirements for college enrollment, but says the law does require students to disclose whether they're immunized against meningitis and Hepatitis B before they can live in on-campus housing.
Camper says many vaccines, including those required for school entry, are offered free of charge at local health departments for families who meet certain income requirements.
Visit the Ohio Department of Health website at www.odh.ohio.gov to learn more and to find your local health department.