LIVINGSTON, NJ — As National Immunization Month begins, the Livingston Health Department has shared information about immunizations for both adults and children and reminds residents to plan ahead for the fall.
Information for Parents of Students
With the new school year approaching, August is a great time to get children up to date with the required immunizations for school. Immunization records for children must be provided prior to their first day of attendance.
Certain vaccines are required for children entering a school or daycare program, from those as young as just a few months old to those starting college. Vaccines are an effective way to protect children, their families, and those who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical reason or their religious beliefs, from harmful diseases.
Before school starts, make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician or a local clinic to ensure they are up to date on needed vaccines. Vaccines that may be required for college students can vary based on the state and university guidelines; check with the university to see what is required.
For more information about immunizations that are required for students in Pre-K through 12th grade or enrolled in a daycare program, visit the New Jersey Department of Health website at www.nj.gov/health/cd.
Information for Adults and Children
Immunizations are not just for children –they also provide adults with protection against various diseases.
The flu season will be starting soon and can extend all the way until May. However, you can get the flu any time of year. An influenza vaccine is recommended for those six months and older and can help prevent the flu.
In New Jersey, an influenza vaccine is required for children from 6 months to 5 years of age who attend either a preschool or daycare program. Influenza can be very serious and lead to complications, hospitalization, and even death.
The Livingston Health Department offers flu vaccines to adults who are 18 years of age and older. Information about the dates and times of Livingston Health Department’s flu clinics will be announced at livingstonnj.org/Health.
Additional vaccines can also protect adults from various diseases. It is recommended that adults 50 and older receive a shingles vaccine and adults over 65 receive a pneumococcal vaccine.
Talk to your health care provider about which vaccines are recommended for you.
If you plan to travel internationally, find out which immunizations are recommended in advance of your trip. Certain diseases that are not common in the United States can be common in other countries.
If there are any immunizations you may need for your trip, be sure to schedule your appointment with a health care provider at least 4-6 weeks prior to your departure. This will allow time for you to develop the immunity you need after receiving a vaccine for travel.
For information about what vaccines you may need for your trip, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travelers’ Health website at www.cdc.gov/travel.
For more educational information, contact Jessica Kelly, MPH, CHES, Health Educator for Livingston Health Department, at 973-535-7961 ext. 227.