Going back to school each year usually means school supply shopping, buying uniforms/school clothes, and getting back into a routine. As the first day approaches, do not forget a vital step in preparing for your child’s return to school: vaccines and immunizations.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This month is meant to bring awareness to the importance of receiving vaccines in all stages of life. With school starting soon, it is the perfect time for children to have their well-child checkup and routine vaccinations.
Many children missed checkups and vaccinations during the past two years due to the impact of COVID-19. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), “The national vaccination coverage among kindergarten children during the 2020-2021 school year dropped by about 1% from the previous year— that amounts to 35,000 more children without vaccination documents.”
What Makes Well-Child Checkups Important?
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Most schools and childcare facilities require certain vaccines before enrollment. Each state decides which vaccines are required. If you would like to know what immunizations are required for your state, check with school staff members or through your State Health Department.
If you’re enrolled in AFSPA’s Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP), routine immunizations are covered. If you wish to learn more about the FSBP, click here.