Immunization is an essential component of pediatric care , because vaccines protect children from a wide range of diseases that may be potentially fatal or cause permanent disabilities. Before school starts, it is important to check in with your child’s pediatrician to make sure that all immunizations are up to date. Below you’ll see which vaccinations are necessary for enrollment in school and those that are recommended to promote good health in your child.
Nevada state law requires that children attending public schools be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis with the DTap vaccine; polio with the IPV vaccine; and measles, mumps, and rubella with the MMR vaccine. Each of these immunizations will generally be a part of your child’s regular visits to the pediatrician, though boosters might be necessary for children entering middle school.
Though not required, there are several immunizations that can benefit your child’s health and reduce the spread of illnesses at school. The annual flu shot is often recommended for school-aged children, and this may be given through an injection or with a nasal spray. The HPV vaccine is recommended at ages 11-12, since early immunization will offer the most complete protection. The meningococcal vaccine can protect from two of the three most common causes of meningococcal disease, which is potentially life threatening. This vaccine is also recommended at the ages of 11-12.
If your child has not been on the recommended vaccination schedule that your pediatrician has provided, it is possible to catch up with immunizations . It is never too late to get on a catch-up schedule, which you can discuss with your pediatrician should the need arise.
For answers to all of your questions about pediatric medicine and the resources you need to raise a healthy child, connect with Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 233-5437. We provide a complete continuum of care for infants, adolescents, and teens with services including pediatric emergency care, child life services , and neonatal intensive care.