User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


45° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Back To School Shots

August 6, 2014, 6:19 PM by Brittany Larson

Back To School Shots

Chances are your child's back-to-school checklist probably doesn't include a trip to the doctor.

Now is a great time to make sure your kid’s shots are up to date.

Children who are entering kindergarten, and students who are ten or 11-years-old, need certain vaccines.

Many kids dread getting their shots but parents know their benefits.

"Protects them and keeps them healthy," Parent, Stacey Reitz  

Stacey Reitz made a trip to the doctor’s office with her three kids just in time before school starts.

"I don't want them to miss school so this worked out great," Reitz said.

Dr. Jennifer Thompson says it's best to plan ahead and get seen before people's schedule gets busy with back to school activities.

"There's a lot that's happening when school is starting and some schools will require the immunizations to start so now is a good time for that reason. But we have lots of kids that come in after school start because they realize they didn't have something that the school wanted them to have," Sanford Pediatrician

Children who are about to enter kindergarten have the option to receive two to three shots that cover eight different diseases.

“Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella which is chickenpox, polio diphtheria, pertussis," Dr. Thompson said.

Pertussis, also called whooping cough, is highly contagious and spreads through the air by cough. It's seen a resurgence in recent years, so health experts agree getting the vaccine is more important than ever.

Once the kindergarten immunization is over with, kids get a break.

"After the kindergarten shots when they get the last measles mumps and rubella and chicken pox vaccine then they get a big break until they are about 10 or 11 and that's when they get their next school shots," Dr. Thompson said.

Caden is starting the fifth grade this year and is now receiving two shots at his routine check-up.

"It's important for the kids to be healthy and ready for school for them to be safe and also for the other kids to be protected too."

Making sure your children receive all their vaccinations on time is very important.

State health officials recommend parents check the immunizations of their pre-teens and college freshmen before their school year kicks off.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

Hope From A Moment Of Devastation

4/22/2015 6:15 PM

That excitement grew by the week, but at almost two months before Piper and Lilah were due, doctors noticed something troubling.

Full Story | Watch
Protecting Yourself From Ticks

4/21/2015 6:09 PM

Just looking at ticks might make you queasy, but this spring a lot of people in KELOLAND are getting up close and personal with them.

Full Story | Watch
The Cost Of Wearing High Heels

4/27/2015 5:53 PM

New research shows that over time, stylish stilettos could cause you to walk like you're older than you really are.

Full Story | Watch
More Local Women Using Cosmetic Filler

4/23/2015 12:42 PM

Bellafill can add volume and lift to your skin. It was also recently FDA approved to improve acne scars.

Full Story
Knowing The Risks Of Melanoma

4/24/2015 5:52 PM

The 37-year-old teacher learned a hands-on lesson about the dangers of the sun. It all started with a pedicure.

Full Story | Watch


Events