August is National Immunization Awareness Month– the month to renew immunizations and to get checked up for the new school year. Admittedly, It is also a weird time to return to school and we are aware that the pandemic has us questioning the safety of our children when going back to school. Whether your child is going away to school or is joining a sports team this fall, all students need immunizations before the school year begins. It is also now required for college students to get COVID-19 tested. Both yearly vaccines and COVID-19 testing is equally important in 2020 for so many reasons that will benefit not only your child, but everyone else around you as well. AFC Urgent Care in New Britain is here to help with back to school immunizations, physicals and COVID-19 testing in 2020.
How do vaccines actually work?
Depending on your recommended vaccine schedule, vaccines may be needed during your next physical.How, exactly does a vaccine work? 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.
You still need to get vaccinated every year
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. Just because you get them once, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to get them the following year. Case in point: In 2019 the CDC study reported cases of measles outbreaks. Here in the U.S. we’d thought we’d beaten measles, but as we saw, mMeasles is still prevalent around the world making it a good reason to get vaccinated to keep it from spreading. Travelers are more at risk when coming into contact with a disease in another country. As travel bans are restricting people from going and coming from Connecticut it is still possible to bring something else, other than COVID-19 back to our local communities.
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:
- Hepatitis A
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, and even if their studies are going to be partially online.. 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:
- Hepatitis B
***Important: Schools are requiring students to get COVID-19 tested prior to coming to Connecticut for school and for those dorming.
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. This also includes; COVID-19 testing as a way to keep you safe if your child is going to and from school everyday.
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 with no appointment necessary. You can also come in for FREE COVID-19 testing and all other prerequisites for going back to school. Just bring your forms and state ID and we’ll take care of the rest!