We’ve heard a lot about the COVID-19 vaccine lately, but less attention has been paid to the broader vaccines children need to attend school.
Idaho’s School Immunization Law requires that children be up-to-date on their immunizations in order to prevent diseases like measles and whooping cough that spread quickly in group settings. Children need to be protected before they enter school, and generally need a booster shot before kindergarten. This handy chart from the State of Idaho offers guidance around which vaccines are needed and by when.
Children age 12 and older are now able to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
Generally, all vaccines offer full protection after two to four weeks, so plan in advance to vaccinate your children for this school year. If you have questions about vaccinating your child or want to make an appointment, set up an appointment by calling us at 208-620-5250.
To prevent COVID-19 and other diseases, including colds and the flu, children should be encouraged to wash their hands, practice good hygiene and cover all coughs and sneezes. If a child is sick, please keep them home and do not expose the school community.