time means it is also time to make sure your child is up to
date on all of his or her immunizations. It is also a perfect
time to make sure you have copies of all of your child’s
immunization records stored safely — a step many parents
Clinic pediatrician Dr. Robert Jacobson says which vaccines
your child needs and when mostly depends on the child’s age.
schoolchild should be up to date on all the vaccines, but the
ones most often missed for the child who’s entering
kindergarten or first grade is the diphtheria, tetanus,
pertussis (Tdap) and the polio vaccine, and then the measles,
mumps, rubella vaccine and the varicella vaccine," he
says 11 to 12-year-olds often miss the Tdap shot as well. He
says 11 or 12 is also a good time for a follow-up of the
meningococcal conjugate vaccine, which he says they will need
again at age 16.
Jacobson says children should start and complete the HPV
vaccine series by age 13.
important as the immunizations are, Jacobson says getting a
copy of the immunization records can be just as important.
your children grow up, become adults, and then are looking for
those records," he says. "And even if you’ve kept
your child up to date, those records that your child have may
be very important to their employment or schooling, and may be
not so easy for them to get."
those who worry about the safety of vaccinating their
children, Jacobson says it’s important to remember vaccines
go through a more rigorous government approval process than
any other medicine we use in modern health care.