The school season is right around the corner, is your child vaccinated? According to the Center for Disease Control, school-aged children from preschoolers to college students need vaccines. Making sure that children receive their vaccinations on time is crucial to ensure your children’s long-term health—as well as the health of those in your community.
What illnesses require vaccinations?
Two of the most common are for Pertussis and Diphtheria.
Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, is a respiratory disease that spreads through coughing and sneezing and can last for several weeks. Whooping Cough is most severe for babies and children and requires hospitalization. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Pertussis activity is on the rise in the United States and here in Michigan. In 2012, the U.S. experienced a large increase in pertussis throughout the country. There was a provisional total of over 41,000 cases, the most reported since 1955. In Michigan, one infant died of pertussis in 2012.
Diphtheria, a serious infection with flu-like symptoms, is preventable by vaccine. Diphtheria is usually spread between people by direct contact or through the air. It may also be spread by contaminated objects. Some people carry the bacteria without having symptoms, but can still spread the disease to others.
Children should get 5 doses of a DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccine, with one dose given at each of the following ages: 2, 4, 6, and 15-18 months and 4-6 years.
Adults should receive a diphtheria and pertussis booster once every 10 year. It is usually given as a combination tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccine, or as a combination tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap).
It’s it vital to the health of infants too young to be immunized for the adults closest to them, such as parents, grandparents, and caregivers, to be up-to-date with vaccinations, especially for pertussis.
In Michigan, as in other states, there are several other vaccination requirements for school-aged children. See the entry requirements for all Michigan students here.
According to the CDC, immunizations have had an enormous impact on improving the health of children in the United States. Most parents today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases have on a family or community. While these diseases are not common in the U.S., they persist around the world. It is important that we continue to protect our children with vaccines because outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases can and do occasionally occur in this country.
As we approach the 2015-2016 school year, educate yourself and your children on the importance of vaccinations.
The Michigan Urgent Care and Occupational Health network of clinics offers flu, and tetanus/diphtheria (Td) vaccinations on a walk-in basis; no appointment is needed. Upon request by larger organizations and area businesses, Michigan Urgent Care can provide the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccines, as well as Hepatitis A and B vaccines.
For more information about vaccines offered,or to schedule an on-site vaccine clinic for your business, contact Michigan Urgent Care today.