JACKSON, MISS– The Mississippi Department of Health says now is the time to think about your child’s vaccinations for the next school year.
Before kids in Mississippi can start school or daycare, they have to be vaccinated. Measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, diptheria, hepatitis b, pertussis, and chicken pox are all required vaccinations, and some of those require periodic boosters at different ages.
The Mississippi Department of Health has asked that parents keep those vaccines in mind now, even though the next school year is a distant worry.
“While it’s great to see children receiving required vaccinations,” says state epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs, “the back-to-school rush places additional pressure on our county health department clinics. Parents should remember the best protection is having their children immunized on time. Immunizing now can avoid long lines in the summer.”