Vaccines Key to a Healthy School Year
Summer is winding down, and we’re gearing up for another school year! We want to help make sure the upcoming school year is a healthy one. That’s why we’re urging all parents and caregivers to check your children’s vaccination records now, and make sure their vaccines are up-to-date before the school year starts.
In many Colorado schools, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination rates are too low to protect the community from an outbreak. Measles is a disease that can have serious complications and can mean time away from school for kids and work for parents. If there is a case of measles in your child’s school, all children not protected by two doses of MMR will be excluded from school for their safety. Measles is easily prevented with two doses of MMR vaccine. The second dose is required before kindergarten entry in Colorado.
Parents and caregivers, we’re calling on you to do your part to keep our community safe. Check your children’s records or check with your health care provider to make sure they are up-to-date on all their vaccinations.
Wishing you all a healthy start to the school year!
Dr. Margaret Huffman
Director of Community Health Services
Jefferson County Public Health