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#VaxToSchool - Schedule Vaccinations Now During National Immunization Awareness Month

posted Aug 22, 2019, 10:17 AM by web master
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH ) is getting ready for the first day of school with the launch of the #VaxToSchool campaign.

- It is time to get kids ready for #VaxToSchool. As the upcoming school year quickly approaches and you start your back-to-school plans, make sure your kids are up-to-date on their required vaccinations.  Use the hashtag #VaxToSchool on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to encourage others to do the same.

"We are currently seeing the greatest number of measles cases reported in the United States since 1992, and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000," said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. "This record number of cases is a reminder of the importance of continued vaccination. Help kids stay healthy as they head #VaxToSchool and make sure they are protected from 14 vaccine preventable diseases."

The immunization requirement for 2019-2020 school year are the same as last year. The requirements can be found on the IDPH website under immunizations.  It is important to remember that students who are not vaccinated and do not have proof of immunity will be excluded from school if there is a disease outbreak. Help spread the word using #VaxToSchool.

For more information about immunizations, including vaccination schedules for infants, children, teens and adults, visit www.dph.illinois.gov.