Listen to Lisa Perkins, RN from the Bear River Health Department, talk about an important back-to-school item – immunizations.

Growing up means more school days and playdates, which also means more opportunities for spreading germs and getting sick. As your child enters school age and interacts with more kids, help protect them from diseases by staying up-to-date on vaccinations.

At 4-6 years of age, your child should receive vaccines to protect them from the following diseases:

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough (Pertussis)(DTap)
  • Influenza
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio (IPV)

Although your 11 or 12-year-old is getting closer to their teen years, they are still dependent on you. Help them stay healthy by keeping them up to date with the recommended vaccines.

Your preteen should receive routinely recommended vaccines to protect them from the following diseases:

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Meningococcal Disease (MenACWY)
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough (Pertussis)(TDap)

Utah requires children entering school to be vaccinated against certain diseases, such as whooping cough (pertussis).

Your child will typically need a certificate of immunization to enroll in school. The Bear River Health Department, your doctor’s office, or healthcare clinic should be able to give you a record of your child’s immunizations. You can also access your child’s proof of immunizations by visiting Utah’s Statewide Immunization Information System or downloading the Docket App.