Letter: It’s vaccinations season | AspenTimes.com

Letter: It’s vaccinations season

Teens are living action-packed lives, providing a flurry of items on the family calendar — sometimes at a moment’s notice. Do you know that you also need to take your preteens and teens to get vaccinations? While you are getting a physical for sports activities or putting together a checklist for the first few weeks of school, it is a great time to add this to their schedules for a healthy school year.

As they get older, kids are at an increased risk for some infections. Plus, the protection provided by some childhood vaccines begins to wear off, so a teen may need a booster dose. You may have heard about pertussis (whooping cough) and measles outbreaks recently. Vaccine-preventable diseases are still making kids sick or risking their lives unnecessarily. The vaccines for preteens and teens can help protect your kids as well as other family members, their friends and the community.

There are three recommended vaccines that preteens should get when they are 11 to 12 years old, and if your young person is already a teen, he or she needs a booster dose of one of the shots. Plus it’s not too late to get vaccinations your teen may have missed.

Take advantage of already planned healthcare visits to get the shots your kids need. Talk with a doctor or nurse, or call your public health department in Garfield County or Pitkin County about vaccines for preteens and teens.

Even though they may not realize it, your kids still need you for more than getting a ride somewhere. They need you to continue protecting their health by getting them these important and life-saving vaccines.

Yvonne Long

Director, Garfield County Public Health

Liz Stark

Director, Community Health Services-Pitkin County Public Health

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