Each year the thought of a new school year makes children grumble but parents everywhere tend to rejoice at a new routine. Whether your child is going into kindergarten for the first time ever or your child is embarking on a new adventure to high school, there is preparation that includes buying new school supplies, getting a new schedule and going clothes shopping. However, there are other things to consider with your child going back into a highly populated school where germs and illness often run rampant after just a couple of weeks. There are ways that you can prepare your child for school to help them stay healthy and safe all school year long. This will allow them to focus on what is most important about school and that is learning and growing as a student and person.
The Flu Shot
Depending on where you live in the United States, you may get the flu in your area at different points than other places in the country. Regardless, the cold and dry weather is usually what allows this virus to run rampant in your area and schools tend to be one of the more popular places for children to get sick. You have a lot of children in one classroom and even more children stopping in and out of bathrooms and cafeterias. No matter how well your child washes their hands or pays attention to what is going on around them, there are flu germs everywhere. So much so that when the flu really takes over a school, administrators have many times decided to shut schools down to let staff clean thoroughly and let children get healthy again. One way you can prepare for the school year is to obtain a flu shot for your child. You can have this done at your pediatrician’s office or somewhere else like your local pharmacy. This vaccine is designed to give your child the immunity they need in case they come into contact with someone or something that is currently infected with the dangerous influenza virus.
Depending on what state that you live in, there is a set schedule of recommended vaccines children should receive before they enter the school system. Unless your child has a medical or religious exemption from their doctor, your child must get these vaccines prior to starting school. The exact same concept and benefits as the flu shot, vaccines that focus on diseases and illnesses like polio, measles, mumps and rubella will keep these illnesses at bay and keep your child safe as well as other children that are part of the school system. Your child’s school will ask for a signed report from your child’s doctor that details all of the shots your child has gotten up until this point.