SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

Back-to-school vaccines considered important for health

Back-to-school vaccines considered important for health. | Courtesy of medicalexpo.com

Health professionals have encouraged parents to verify that their children are up to date with all of their vaccines before they return to school for the upcoming year.

Doctors especially recommend vaccines for mumps, measles and pertussis.

The medical industry considers vaccines to be the most effective way to protect children from contracting infectious diseases. They also credit vaccines with the elimination of diseases and stopping the spread of illnesses.

Unfortunately, in recent months there have been outbreaks of measles and pertussis -- also known as whooping cough -- in the U.S.

In 2014, over 28,000 pertussis cases were reported within the U.S. Many of these cases involved children who were school-age.

Last winter, there were several states involved in a measles outbreak that started at an amusement park in California; 170 people contracted the illness, many of whom had not received their vaccines.

These illnesses are considered to be vaccine-preventable and were believed to be under control.

"A back-to-school check-up is an ideal time to make sure that your child's immunizations are all up to date," Dr. Edward R. B. McCabe, March of Dimes chief medical officer, said. "The more children who are fully immunized, the less the risk of exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases."

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