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What back-to-school immunizations does my child need?

Find out what immunizations your child might need before the school year starts.

July 25, 2016

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Checking one thing off your back-to-school to-do list is easy with our walk-in exams for kids, now through Sept. 2. Find out what immunizations your child might need before starting off the new year.


Kindergarten is a big year! Make sure your child is ready by getting these immunizations before starting off the year:

  • Diptheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTaP)
  • Inactivated polio virus (IPV)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Influenza (once a year during flu season)

Six to 10 years old

Most of those immunizations your child got before starting kindergarten will last your child through most of elementary school. Make sure that once a year during flu season, your child gets an influenza immunization.

11 to 18 years old

As your child gets ready to leave elementary school and moves on to middle and high school, it’s important to keep their immunizations up-to-date with these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Meningococcal conjugate (MCV) is recommended for all 11 to 18 year olds. Depending on when your child gets their first dose of the MCV vaccine, they may need a booster dose around age 16. Ask your child’s doctor what is best for them.
  • The CDC recommends the three-dose Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine sometime during early adolescence for boys and girls.
  • Tetanus, diptheria, pertussis (Tdap) is recommended at age 11 or 12. If your child did not get this immunization as a preteen, talk to their doctor about getting it for them.
  • Varicella (chickenpox) is recommended in two doses if your child has never gotten this immunization and has no history of chickenpox.
  • Influenza (once a year during flu season)

Now through Sept. 2, we’re offering walk-in exams for kids at our many convenient locations. Find a clinic near you:

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