The Iowa State Fair is quickly approaching, which means that school is, too! Now is the time to start thinking about your child’s immunizations and what steps you need to take before they go back to school. It’s normal to have a lot of questions when it comes to getting the correct immunizations for your child. Here are a few common questions with answers to help you out.
- What vaccinations does my child need?
Though many resources can be use when researching immunization requirements, your best source is your child’s school and primary care physician. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website offers educational materials that discuss what immunizations your child should be getting. The Iowa Department of Education offers resources on its website. https://www.educateiowa.gov/student-health-requirements.The CDC breaks up the requirements by age for less confusion and more answers. This source will tell you what immunizations your child needs.
- Where can I get my child vaccinated?
Grinnell Regional Public Health follows the CDC’s recommendations for childhood vaccinations. Check with your primary provider and your school to make sure your child is getting the vaccinations that they need to have a healthy school year. Grinnell Regional Public Health hosts immunization clinics (by appointment only) on these days:
- How else can I help my child be healthy for school?
Rest up, get nourished, and destress. In order to ensure that your child has a healthy school year, it is important to remember those three things. Rest is very important for children. If you add a healthy diet to that rest, it creates a recipe for success for your child. Lastly, the upcoming schoolyear can be stressful for children. The anxiety of going back to school could take a toll. Make sure that your child is prepared with time-management strategies to manage the anxieties and stressors that come with school work, extra circulars, and a social life.
Make sure your child has a healthy and successful school year. Schedule an immunization appointment today.