Making sure your child is up to date with school vaccinations

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - With the start of school right around the corner, it's also time to make sure your children are all caught up on their immunizations.

Local health departments statewide are offering free shots for eligible children entering school for the first time and those who are returning to class in the upcoming school year.

Parents of kindergartners and seventh graders are being asked to make sure their children are up to date on their shots.

College students are encouraged to make sure their shot records are up to date as well.

Officials said that travel has caused a significant problem with the spread of diseases.

Young children, the elderly, and the sick are all at an increased risk for disease.

"Your child can get the disease and spread it to those people that may not be protected, so you're not only protecting your own child, you're protecting others," Jackson County Health Department Nursing Director Alice Pate said.

The following vaccines are required for children entering preschool and grades K-12: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella, polio, varicella (chicken pox), and hepatitis B.

Teens entering college should check with health services at their college regarding immunization requirements.

For more information on vaccines and your child's shot records, contact your local health department.