Updating Your Child’s Vaccinations

(CNN) — Reading, writing and arithmetic are all important. But when it comes to a student’s well-being, public health officials say vaccines are the best way to ward off diseases.

So it’s always good to update your child’s immunization records. That’s because as adolescents get older, some of the protection from their childhood shots begin to wear off. Plus, children can also develop other diseases as they age.

What vaccines do health officials feel are necessary? For pre-teens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccines to protect against meningitis, the human papillomavirus (HPV), Tdap–for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis–and the flu.

If your child is already a teenager, the CDC recommends they update with catch-up vaccines for Hepatitis B, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella.

If you’re not sure what vaccines your child may need, see your pediatrician, or you can ask your county education department for a list of required or recommended shots for your student.

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