NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP)- There’s plenty to think about before heading back to school.
But before you begin, your child may might want to visit the doctor. Schools require vaccinations for several diseases, including tetanus, measles, polio and Hepatitis B.
“We did vaccinate our children and I do think if it can keep you healthy we should do it”, said Robin McGuffey of Whately.
Getting your child vaccinated is required by schools, whether its public or private, but there are some exemptions. A child may have a medical exemption from their physician saying that the vaccine would not be safe for them. Parents can also write a letter saying why a vaccine conflicts with their religious belief. Despite the controversy and extra time to get vaccinated, 22News found out they’re your best protection against disease.
Dr. Peter Elsea, physician at Northampton Family Medicine said,”They’re one of the greatest life saving and public health measures that’s ever been created. Kids stay healthier who get them. People need to remember that these are there for a reason and that they’ve been well studied and it’s really important to get them.”
Dr. Elsea said if you need a vaccination, just call and make an appointment. They’re free of charge. Vaccines are supplied by state, and are distributed to medical offices.
Dr. Elsea told 22News he recommends patients have their own copies of their vaccination records.