Your greatest hope as a parent is to protect your child. Sometimes this might seem impossible, but vaccinations may be one way to put the well-being of your little one first by reducing their chances of disease.

This is especially true as your child enters kindergarten. You’re excited about this new chapter, but you might be overwhelmed at what vaccinations are recommended, or even required, at this time in your child’s life. Here are several questions to ask yourself about vaccinations as you and your child begin this new chapter.

What are my state’s requirements?

Find out if your state of residence requires certain vaccinations. Each state has its own set of vaccines required to attend public school. Certain vaccines are required by all 50 states, such as polio and measles. Other vaccines commonly required by state laws are diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.

What school is my child attending?

Your child may be exempt from certain vaccinations depending on the school they will be attending. Sometimes the vaccination rules can change for homeschool or private schools, but this is not always the case. If you feel a vaccine is unnecessary, you may find your child is exempt from state law.

Am I comfortable with this vaccine?

Some states allow for religious or philosophical exemptions from certain vaccinations. With your child just entering kindergarten, do your research. If you are uncomfortable with your child receiving a certain vaccination, follow your instinct and assess all your options.

Despite extensive medical research surrounding vaccinations, there is still great debate surrounding the topic. You should look at all options as your child enters kindergarten. The friendly staff at your local Family Pharmacy would be happy to answer any questions you may have!

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