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MAYWOOD, Ill. – This year the US has seen the worst outbreak
of whooping cough in more than 50 years. In fact, it has reached
epidemic levels in many states and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention said the numbers of cases reported is already twice as many
as last year. With kids getting ready to head back-to-school, the
numbers of children impacted or killed by this disease could continue to
rise if children aren’t accurately vaccinated.
children against whooping cough and other illnesses is the best way we
can protect them,” said Andrew Bonwit, pediatric infectious disease
expert at Loyola University Health System. “The next best defense we
have for children is good hand-washing hygiene, and also not sending
children to school, day care or after-school programs if they are sick.”
cough is only one of numerous potentially deadly illnesses that can be
effectively diminished by vaccination schedules. In addition to keeping
kids safe from these diseases, vaccines also can help when diagnosing a
“When your child gets sick, being fully vaccinated
helps your doctor simplify the evaluation and can lead to a quicker,
more accurate diagnosis,” said Bonwit.
To help children succeed
in school, parents make sure their children have the supplies they will
need for the classroom. Just as important is ensuring their children’s
bodies have what they need to keep them safe from infectious diseases.
no one likes to get shots, vaccines are an integral part of keeping
kids and our community safe. They work to safeguard children from
illnesses and death caused by infectious diseases and protect our kids
by helping prepare their bodies to fight often serious and potentially
deadly diseases,” said Dr. Heidi Renner, primary care physician at
Loyola University Health System.
Vaccines have helped to nearly
eradicate many of the diseases that were leading causes of death in
children only a few decades ago. Renner shared the main immunizations
kids need before heading off to school.
• When entering Kindergarten your child should receive the following vaccinations:
o Measles, Mumps and Rubella, better known as MMR
o Diptheria/Pertussis (whooping cough)
o Chicken Pox
Most likely your child received these immunizations as an infant. This
second round of shots boosts the immunity. So, in sixth grade your child
o Chicken Pox Booster, if your child has not had two by this time
o Tetanus Booster
not given in sixth grade, your child will need the meningitis and
tetanus booster before entering high school. Many colleges are requiring
all students to get the meningitis vaccine. Many schools also are
requiring a flu shot, so talk to your school about that as well.This article was first published at www.newswise.com