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Aug 7, 2011 7:27 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Is your child on point to go back to school?

Gearing up for another school year means fresh pencils, pens and notebooks. It also means you have to make sure your kids are on point with their shots.

Colorado law requires kids going to school be vaccinated to prevent vaccine preventable disease.

"Vaccine preventable diseases are still out there and the best way to ensure that your child doesn't get a vaccine preventable disease is to get them into a clinic for the vaccine," says Michele Even from El Paso County Public Health.

Required shots vary depending on your child's age and grade.

Most clinics recommend you schedule an appointment for your shots and to bring their shot record. A few other things to remember before you go Even says, "Children do much better if they have eaten a meal before they come in for shots. So, make sure children have been fed and wear loose, comfortable clothing, and above all, don't be afraid," she says smiling.

Even mentioned that you can get immunizations at your family doctor, Peak Vista Community Health Centers, or at the local pharmacy. It's best to call the pharmacy before going because some may have age limitations for vaccines.

Also, if you misplaced your child's shot record, you can try getting it from your family doctor or contacting you child's school or college are options as well.

Even mentioned El Paso County Public Health will work with you if you need assistance in paying for the shots.

You can schedule an appointment with El Paso County Public Health by calling (719) 578-3199. They also have more information on their website, which you can access by clicking here.

Other useful links include:

Centers for Disease Control: Parents Guide to Childhood Immunizations

 

 Colorado State Vaccine Requirements

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