What You Need to Know About Back-to-School Vaccinations for Your Child

Vaccinations are an essential part of your child’s health, because they will help to protect against a wide range of illnesses that may have long-term complications. Many diseases that vaccinations protect children from have no other cures, so immunization is the best line of protection. As your child goes back to school this year, you should remember a few key facts about immunization:

California state law mandates immunizations

A recently passed California law has eliminated exemption from school-mandated vaccinations for any religious or personal beliefs, which means that all children will need to be vaccinated before they can enroll in school. With recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough due to a decline in vaccination rates, this law will protect all students from these and other harmful diseases while promoting greater public health overall.

Your child may need booster vaccinations

A number of immunizations require a schedule of shots, which may include booster shots around middle school age. At ages 11-12, your child may need vaccinations before the school year begins. Upon enrollment in middle school, your pediatrician may also point out any missed shots that will require a catch-up immunization schedule.

Vaccinations can take place without a doctor’s visit

You do not have to schedule a full doctor visit for your child to receive regular immunizations, so you can avoid the worry of fitting vaccinations into your busy routine and paying the copay for a full visit.

If you are seeking medical care in Thousand Oaks, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can cater to the needs of your whole family with emergency care, maternity services, and surgical care. To find resources that will help you manage your family’s healthcare, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746.