Smart Woman: Back to School Vaccinations

By Brittany Pelletz |

Published 08/22 2014 06:35PM

Updated 10/16 2014 08:53PM

Back to school is always a time for excitement for families in the Big Country. However, there's no need to add to the drama by not having the right vaccines for your child. With all the vaccine requirements and recommendations, it can get pretty complicated.

In order to help parents figure out what shots are appropriate for certain age groups, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has designed a website, that provides a handy printable list of vaccines each child should have.

For youngsters up to six years of age, the list is pretty lengthy. From the mumps and measles vaccine to the flu shot, the inoculation schedule tends to get confusing. This list can help.

When children become pre-teens and teenagers, the HPV vaccine, meningitis vaccine and a tetanus shot are essential, but there are other recommended vaccines for this age group. The CDC has it all organized.

Also, for young men and women over the age of 19, going off to college requires certain vaccines, such as the meningitis shot, HPV vaccine and hepatitis A and B vaccines.

There's a complete list on the website, that even adults can use.

The CDC urges everyone to try to stick to these vaccine schedules, in order to keep certain illnesses under control in the U.S.

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