As you were stocking up on your back-to-school supplies, did you forget to also take stock of your children’s vaccine status? Vaccine recommendations change over time so it’s a great idea to add this item to your annual back-to-school checklist. Most Wisconsin doctors enter vaccine dates into the Wisconsin Immunization Registry, where you can review current vaccine schedules or access your child’s record.
Annual flu shots also are recommended for adults and children older than 6 months of age. Although the flu shot is safe for infants younger than 6 months, the vaccine doesn’t work for them. That’s why it’s very important to make sure everyone around them is vaccinated. Older adults and anyone with a chronic medical condition are also at increased risk if they catch the flu. Do your part. Protect yourself and your loved ones, too.
~ Lyn Ranta, MD, director of Physician Affairs, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Dr. Ranta is a co-leader of Children’s Hospital’s immunization initiative, and she treated children as a community pediatrician for more than 20 years.