It’s August! Summer is beginning to wind down, and it’s that time to start getting into the “Back-to-School” groove. Included in those preparations for many families are wellness screenings and getting updated on current vaccinations. CareDox plays a unique and specific role in helping many schools and student populations keep track of their shots, so hopefully people have one less thing to worry about at the start of the school year.
During the month of August, we’ll be doing our part to help raise awareness of why it’s so important to stay up to date on immunizations and prevent serious, sometimes fatal, diseases.
The National Public Health Information Coalition reminds us that getting vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule protects a child’s health. Diseases can quickly spread among groups of children who aren’t vaccinated. Whether it’s a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school – or even a college freshman – parents should check their child’s vaccination records.
Child care facilities, preschool programs, schools and colleges are prone to outbreaks of infectious diseases. Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, not covering their coughs, and other factors such as interacting in crowded environments.
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others in their play groups, child care centers, classrooms and communities – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.
Vaccination requirements vary from state to state, but CareDox can help make the process of keeping records up-to-date easy.