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Back-to-school means check your immunization records

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UNDATED (WSAU) -- There’s more to preparing for back-to-school time than shopping for clothes and school supplies. It’s also time to make sure your children have all of their immunizations up to date.

Becky Mroczenski is the Public Health Nurse for Marathon County. She says parents usually remember to find out what children need before they start school, but as they get a little older, children still have immunizations that should be done at certain ages.  “It’s important to remember that not just your kindergartners need school immunizations, but that children of all ages may be due to receive immunizations before school starts.”

Mroczenski says most parents are good about getting children immunized before kindergarten, but as kids get older, it is harder to remember which immunizations are necessary and when.  “It’s very easy, especially as children get older, it seems like parents are busier, so the summer is busy and it’s easy to not realize your child is due, so that’s why we’re encouraging people to check with their doctor and see what they’re due for, and making sure that children of all ages receive their vaccines on time is very important.”

Not every immunization happens every year. Mroczenski says many happen at different ages or time intervals.  “It varies. Some are annually, some are part of a series, so check (because) you may have started a series and just got busy and didn’t realize you didn’t finish that series.”

Mroczenski says your family doctor is the best place to check your child’s immunization records, but they can also check at the Health Department, and parents should not worry about the cost if they have no insurance.  “As far as immunizations go, if an individual doesn’t have health insurance, they should also check with their local health department because there are resources available for those individuals to receive immunizations as well.”

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