It's back-to-school time and it may also be time to take your child to a doctor or clinic for a vaccination or booster shot.
At Rainbow’s Family Clinic, Dr. Robin Strosaker is the director of Inpatient Services and while she admits, kids do not like getting shots, it is important they do.
“Nobody likes to see a child in pain, get poked a bunch of times. But it’s so much kinder than having a child get ill and potentially pass away from vaccine preventable illness,” said Dr. Strosaker.
In fact, diseases like measles and mumps made a comeback this year, partly because some parents chose not to get their children vaccinated. In Ohio, the law provides parents an exemption based on "reasons of conscience."
Dr. Strosaker says some parents link vaccinations to autism, a link she says simply is not true.
“I’m a mom and my oldest child has autism. I’ve read the studies over and over. He’s fully vaccinated and so are his brothers. I feel that strongly about the fact there is no link between autism and vaccines.”
A recommended schedule of vaccines begins at birth and continues at intervals until adolescence when the so called 7th grade shots and boosters are given. The vaccine for HPV, a sexually transmitted virus that causes several kinds of cancer, is also recommended around age 12. Then as kids get ready for college, the meningitis vaccine is given.
Dr. Strosaker said, “Dorms are a perfect place for meningicoccis to spread. Meningicoccis is the scary type of meningitis, where the child is well one day and critically ill or has passed away the next. It can happen that quickly, so it’s an incredibly important vaccine.”
For more information on vaccines, go to The American Academy of Pediatricians website, at: http://www2.app.org/immunizations/