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Vaccinate your child to protect them from disease at school

Child receiving vaccination
Child receiving vaccination
Photo:AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Vaccines are what protect your child from many different diseases as well as knock those diseases out of society completely. They are an important process in your child's early years and each child should receive them according to schedule in order for the vaccines to work.

In the last several years, however, many people throughout the nation have been questioning the side affects of vaccinations. Some say that certain immunizations or the schedule in which they are given are to blame for the rising rate of Autism in the United States. There is no scientific proof to back this up, but still more and more people are coming forward to claim that vaccinations are corrupt.

No matter what you believe, you should think seriously before deciding to skip out on your child's routine shots. There are many reasons why you should get your child vaccinated, but one of the most important is school or daycare. Schools and childcare facilities in Birmingham require that each child have an updated Blue Form, which is The State of Alabama Certificate of Immunization. Only those who have legitimate medical or religious reasons are exempt. Certificates for exemptions are either obtained through the Jefferson County Health Department (religion) or signed by a physician (medical).

The exemption certificates are put in place so that the schools or daycare facilities are not held liable should any unvaccinated children contract a disease while at school. When a child is vaccinated, the live virus is in their blood stream, so an unprotected child could be susceptible to that disease.

There are many reasons why you should not choose to forgo your child's immunizations, but keeping them protected from disease while at school is an important one. Stay up-to-date with your knowledge of vaccines at the Alabama Department of Public Health and Also, check out the Infection Control in the Child Care Center and Preschool packet at the Jefferson County Department of Health for even more information.