Back-to-school vaccines are for more than just students

Back-to-school vaccines are for more than just students.
Back-to-school vaccines are for more than just students. | Courtesy of
The back-to-school season is a yearly reminder for parents to verify that their children have been vaccinated, but adults are also encouraged to use the back-to-school season to update their own immunizations.

“Vaccination schedules change over time and the ongoing outbreaks show us the importance of ensuring all patients are protected to the current standard,” Dr. Jennifer Caudle, assistant professor of family medicine at Rowan University, said. “As an osteopathic family physician, I believe vaccination is one of most effective tools available to keep my patients healthy, particularly when there are known threats.”

Vaccinations are a long health process. This is because vaccine-preventable diseases like mumps, measles, whooping cough and the flu, are ongoing health threats to the public. In 2015, Illinois had an active mumps outbreak, which has infected people of a wide range of ages. There have been several hospitalizations and deaths from the illness.

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) sees back to school as a good way to remind the general public that they still need to keep in mind their own vaccinations and health.

“It’s never been more important for doctors and physicians to work together to ensure vaccinations and health records are up to date,” Caudle said. “For most patients, it is safe to receive additional vaccination doses or test for immunity to certain diseases. With the growing number of infectious disease outbreaks, you are doing more harm for yourself and those around you if you don’t get vaccinated.”

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