Vaccination tips for parents before school year

August 3, 2011 12:35:08 PM PDT
Before entering public school, every student is required by law to have certain immunizations.

Here in New York City, kids entering kindergarten need the combination DTP or diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, or whooping cough vaccine.

The polio vaccine, the MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella, the varicella or chickenpox vaccine and the Hepatitis B vaccine.

Parents, even if you're doctor is keeping track, you should keep your own record of all those immunizations as proof your little ones have been vaccinated.

And because of recent controversy and fear over vaccines possibly being linked to certain childhood illnesses, federal law requires that all providers give parents an information statement like this whenever a vaccine is given. That way you know exactly what vaccine your child is getting as well as any possible side effects.

WABC's website has the list of vaccines your child needs. And if your child doesn't have health insurance or if your insurance won't cover vaccines, you can all 311 to find out where your child can get vaccinated at little or no cost. LINK: NEW YORK CITY FREE "VACCINES FOR CHILDREN" PROGRAM


For more information on immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases, please contact the Westchester County Department of Health Immunization Action Program at 813-5000 or go to