Back To School Immunizations Are Important for Both Elementary and College Students

“Coach says I can’t play unless I get a physical “. We hear it all the time. August is the month to renew immunizations and to get checked up for the new school year. Whether your child is going away to school or is joining a sports team, all students need vaccinations before the school year begins. Immunizations are important in 2019 for so many reasons that will benefit not only your child, but everyone else around you as well.

What are vaccines ?

Depending on your recommended vaccine schedule, vaccines may be needed during your next physical. A vaccine helps build up your body’s natural immunity to a disease so that it can help prevent you from getting one and or spreading the disease.The way it works by using the same germ from the disease so that when administered it can stimulate your immune system to produce antibodies as if you had the disease. After vaccination you develop immunity to that specific disease, without having to experience the disease in the first place. Vaccines are preventative measures that are more beneficial opposed to getting treated and or cured for a life threatening disease. 

Are vaccines really necessary ?

Some continue to doubt the effectiveness of vaccines as untrusted sources and other news can be deceptive to the public eye. Vaccines are in fact safe and they preserve future generations. In a recent CDC study measles outbreaks have been reported this year in 2019. As many of us thought this was eliminated in 2000, some of us believed that they didn’t have to be vaccinated anymore. In fact, we do need to continue vaccinations because these diseases are still prevalent in other parts of the world. Travelers are more at risk when coming into contact with a disease in another country. The CDC noted that most cases of measles outbreak were from New York City and that traveling to other states caused an increase in the number of cases to those who were NOT vaccinated.

Schools require vaccines

By law all 50 states require vaccinations before enrollment unless there are certain exemptions met. Many supply health forms as a prerequisite to ensure that everyone gets their vaccinations up to date for sports or being in a school environment. All schools want your kids to be safe and to prevent any disease that can spread to others. Common disease preventable vaccinations that elementary schools may require for back to school health forms are:

  • Tetanus 
  • Diphtheria 
  • Pertussis
  • Measles
  • HPV
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A
  • Varicella

More vaccine preventable diseases required by schools can be found for each state when getting vaccinated. If you are unsure of what immunizations are needed,  AFC Urgent Care New Britain can help vaccinate and answer any questions needed if your child is going to school in another state or country.  

New college students need immunizations too!


Is your baby bound for college? They’re going to need vaccines as well, particularly if they’ll be living in a dorm. Check with the particular school’s Health Services dept’ he/she is attending to find out their immunization requirements; they are not always the same.  Usually the requirements are listed on their website. 

The following are the most frequent vaccinations required by most colleges and universities:

  • Meningitis 
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza
  • Tetanus 
  • Diphtheria 
  • Pertussis

Do I also need vaccinations or just my child?

Most adults believe that once they’re old enough to take care of themselves that they don’t have to continue keeping up to date with their immunizations. In fact, adults need to continue vaccinations because immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. There are also other risks for different diseases as an adult. Certain jobs, lifestyle or travel habits may require you to update your immunizations.

It’s time for your Immunizations !

If you haven’t been to the doctor in a while it’s time for a visit. Not only would you benefit from it, but your child will also be safer if you’re up to date with your immunizations too. 

At AFC Urgent Care New Britain you can walk right in for your immunizations and physicals today, no appointment necessary at any of our walk-in clinics. We are located at 135 East Main Street, New Britain CT 06051. We are open 7 days a week and ready to treat you. You can save time by checking in online and we accept most insurances.