As back-to-school nears, Rainy Lake Medical Center reminds families to get their children caught up on check-ups and recommended childhood vaccinations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend every child continues to receive recommended vaccinations.
Making sure that your child sees their provider for well-child visits and recommended vaccines is one of the best things you can do to protect your child and community from serious diseases that are easily spread.
Well-child visits and recommended vaccinations are essential and help make sure children stay healthy and are protected, according to information from the CDC. Children who are not protected by vaccines are more likely to get diseases like measles and whooping cough. These diseases are extremely contagious and can be very serious, especially for babies and young children. In recent years, there have been outbreaks of these diseases, especially in communities with low vaccination rates.
Well-child visits are essential for many reasons, including:
- Tracking growth and developmental milestones
- Discussing any concerns about your child’s health
- Getting scheduled vaccinations to prevent illnesses like measles and whooping cough (pertussis) and other serious diseases
If your child is due for a well-child visit, call Rainy Lake Clinic at 218-283-5503.
CDC Vaccine Schedule: Birth – 6 Years
Vaccine Schedule: 7 – 18 Years