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With kids preparing to go back to school, August’s designation as National Immunization Month is a perfect time to learn about the importance of vaccinations.

The Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) Immunization Program works toward the elimination of diseases among Ohio residents that could have been prevented with a vaccine. Immunization schedules for children and adults are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

 Southeastern Med reminds parents that the State of Ohio mandates a number of immunizations for children in kindergarten through grade 12. Some of the most commonly administered shots prevent:

  • Chickenpox
  • Flu
  • Tetanus
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Diptheria
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Whooping Cough
  • Polio

Parents may see posts on social media or the internet questioning the need of immunizations, but the truth is that not getting your child vaccinated is a dangerous proposition that could lead to serious disease resulting in amputation, paralysis, brain damage or even death.

Physicians, scientists and the federal government run thorough, vigorous tests on each vaccine to ensure its safety. Although there are potential side effects to immunizations, most of them are mild, including:

  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Headache
  • Slight fever
  • Pain or irritation at site of injection

To make sure your child is up to date on their immunizations, please contact their pediatrician. If your child does not yet have a pediatrician, call Southeastern Med at 740-439-8000 and we can help you select one.