Palmetto Parent August 2012 : Page 17

BACK to SCHOOL Reading, writing and vaccinations With more parents opting to disregard recommendations, your children could be at risk Story by Chris Worthy T he joy some children experience when buying a new backpack and snazzy mechanical pencils is sometimes overshadowed by another start-of-school ritual: the vaccines required before registration. As parents fi nalize back-to-school gear and carpool plans, new stu-dents may also need several vaccines in order to comply with require-ments for public and private schools. Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians release an updated list of recommended vaccines for children and a schedule for administering the vaccines, according to Jason Hawn, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. August 2012 Palmetto Parent 15

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