Required School Shots
The state of Illinois currently has a need for numerous required school shots before any child may attend public or private schools within the system. In total, there are eight different immunization shots required for students of varying ages. Most parents will have their children inoculated quite early – before the child turns one year of age, in most cases. However, some immunization shots do require a later date for administration in the child. For example, the Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine must be administered to students entering the 6th and 12th grades.
As of right now, Illinois currently requires the following shots to be administered to students:
- Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Haemphilus Influenza Type B
- Hepatitis B
- Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine
Those at Risk
When it comes to influenza, no one can be too careful. However, there are some who are at a higher risk for contracting the flu, such as…
- Children between the ages of 6 and 59 months
- Any women who are pregnant or have a chance of becoming pregnant
- Those over 50 years of age
- Individuals suffering from chronic medical conditions
- The elderly living in nursing homes or long-term care facilities
If you are any of the above, you should visit the Mason County Health Department to receive your immunizations as soon as possible. Our Vaccines for Children program is especially useful for young children, and it is at an affordable rate for parents.
The Importance of Required School Shots
In order for children to remain healthy, Mason County requires kids to be vaccinated in defense against certain diseases. Disease outbreaks, while rare, can still happen in the public school system. Outbreaks are far rarer these days, however, due to vaccinations being administered to the child at specific times.
Some babies are too young for a vaccination, while some suffer from allergies that may prevent such inoculations from working to their fullest. To help keep them safe, speak with a doctor to discover whether a shot will help or hinder the health of the child. In most cases, these required school shots can ensure the health and safety of your children and your family.
For questions related to school shots, call us at 309-210-0110.