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Start of School Year Calls for Vaccine Check

School is starting in a few weeks and many parents will be looking for their child’s vaccination records so they can fill out school forms and forms for athletic activities.

This is a good time to make certain that your child’s vaccinations are up-to-date, especially since schools and pediatricians might have different vaccination recommendations.

“Not all vaccines that we recommend on the schedule are required by schools,” said Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “But schools help us keep up-to-date and have an annual assessment” of vaccine status.”

“Swanson explained that during childhood, three key school transitions coincide with vaccine schedules. The first, she said, is when a child enters kindergarten. Then, “typically, at sixth grade, we refresh again. And there are updates that we provide kids at the end of high school as get they ready to go to college,” she added.”

Read more to find out detailed pediatric recommendations for your child’s vaccine schedule for each stage of their development.

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