From a young age, children need to receive certain vaccine doses before attending school. As we approach a new school year, TopLine MD is here to answer any questions that parents may have about the requirements of back-to-school immunizations. In this video, Dr. Anthony Martell and Dr. Amy Aqua, TopLine MD Alliance affiliated pediatricians, explain the importance of these vaccinations and how you can prepare your children for a safe return to in-person learning. Here are the topics covered in the video:
0:00 – Importance of Immunizations
0:38 – History of Vaccines
2:05 – Making sure Vaccines are up-to-date
2:30 – List of required vaccines
3:17 – Florida Shots
3:49 – COVID-19 & Back-to-school vaccines
4:23 – Where to get students vaccinated
5:21 – Cost of vaccinations
5:35 – Myths vs. Facts
6:06 – Autism & Vaccines
7:07 – Spreading out Vaccines
Why vaccinations are necessary
It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it after it occurs.
Diseases that used to be common in this country and around the world, including polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, rotavirus and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) can now be prevented by vaccination. Thanks to a vaccine, one of the most terrible diseases in history – smallpox – no longer exists outside the laboratory. Over the years, vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives.
On-time vaccination throughout childhood is essential because it helps provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. The CDC says it can take weeks for a vaccine to help your baby make protective disease-fighting antibodies, and some vaccines require multiple doses to provide best protection. If you wait until you think your child could be exposed to a serious illness – like when he starts daycare, travels abroad, or during a disease outbreak – there may not be enough time for the vaccine to work.
There are various vaccines required depending on the age of the child. In Florida, they are the same regardless of which area the school is in or if a child attends a public or private school. You can find the list of required vaccinations on Florida Health website and your pediatrician will also keep you on schedule. If you have any questions about vaccinations for your child, contact your TopLine MD Alliance affiliated provider today.
Dr. Anthony Martell is a proud member of the TopLine MD Alliance practicing Pediatrics in Broward County.
Dr. Amy Aqua is a proud member of the TopLine MD Alliance practicing Pediatrics in Palm Beach County.