April 26, 2017

Make sure kids’ vaccines are up to date

Observer staff report
To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life, the Vermont Department of Health joined with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
“Your child should have all of the vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s immunization schedule to protect classmates and the community,” said the Health Department’s Immunization Program Chief Christine Finley. “Check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs.”
Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others—including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.
Children who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (to protect against tetanus and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (to protect against measles, mumps and rubella) and polio.
Older children, like preteens and teens, need Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) and meningococcal vaccine is required for residential students. HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is not required for school entry, but highly recommended when children are 11 to 12. Yearly flu vaccines are recommended for all children 6 months and older.
Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html or www.healthvermont.gov or www.oktoaskvt.org.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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