In the early 1990s Japan lapsed its regulation of immunization and an epidemic broke out. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has since learned from that lapsed as well of other historical incidences of wide spread epidemic. This section of the Department of Health and Human Services is proactive in ensuring every individual is properly vaccinated. Hence, no child can attend a public or private school without proper immunizations.
Diseases are still present in the 20th century but proper immunizations is the preventative tool to stop exposure. Vaccination has and continues to decrease the potential life eliminating power of diseases. For the first-time-back to school parents and as a refresher course for the veterans below is a list of must know concerning immunization.
Things to know about vaccination:
• Children are more susceptible to disease than adults and vaccination should start early.
• Children can contract: Diphtheria, Haemophilus Influenzae type b, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus, Measles, Meniongococcal, Mumps, Pertussis, Pneumococcal, Polio, Rotavirus, Rubella, Tetanus, and Varicella.
• Children are given minimal doses to help build their immune system.
• There are side effects to vaccination so it is important to monitor your child for severe reactions.
• If a severe reaction occurs take your child immediately to the doctor. Do Not Delay.
• Keep good track of your child’s immunization card, never alter and change it. Overdose or lack of can be deadly to your child.
• Free vaccination is available in some communities.
• There is an 800 phone number to answer any immunizations questions. Parents can call the CDC at 1 800-CDC-INFO or the TTY Service Hotline at 1 888-232-6348.
As always parents are the drivers of their child’s future. Be proactive. Happy learning and happy new semester year.