August is National Immunization Month, so now is the time for kids to get the required vaccines before the first day of school.
"Usually, kindergarten shots include measles, mumps, and rubella, chicken pox, polio, and tetanus shots. It ends up being two separate shots for children. Those are given between the ages of four and six," said Dr. Sarah Hall, a pediatrician at the MVA Clinic in Fairmont.
The next round of shots is a tetanus booster and meningitis vaccine for middle school students before entering the seventh grade. That can be given anytime after the age of 11.
"Before they enter the 12th grade, they're required to get a senior shot, which is a meningitis booster. That can be given anytime after the age of 16, but it is required before they start the 12th grade," said Hall.
Dr. Hall said when it comes to vaccines, the benefits far exceed the risks.
"The adverse effects of the illness that we're protecting from by giving the vaccines are far worse than any risk or association with developmental disorders, or other disorders that we're worried about," said Hall.
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