Schools are making reopening plans — don’t put off vaccinations

Indiana schools are set to reopen in late July, and Jefferson County Public Schools are targeting late August. Even though the exact plans for the school year are still up in the air due to the coronavirus, students are still required to be up to date on their vaccinations.

According to Jill S. Howell-Berg, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Group – Clarksville, required vaccinations will help keep your child safe and protect others including children, faculty and staff.

“Vaccines are an important step to the immunity development of any child,” Dr. Howell-Berg said. “These vaccines have been strategically set up by age group to best protect your child during their growing years. Having your child vaccinated also helps protect those who can’t be immunized.”

Parents should feel confident that all Norton Children’s Medical Group offices have established extra precautions to protect against COVID-19 and keep everyone safer. Dr. Howell-Berg also reminded parents that it’s best to schedule an appointment early to beat the last-minute rush.

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“We have extended our hours for yearly sports physicals and back-to-school checkups, as well as vaccinations, to keep with the demand of children coming in,” she said. “Still, parents should schedule visits soon to ensure their child is healthy and ready for the start of the school year.”

Even if your child isn’t due for vaccines, a yearly checkup is a good habit to develop. Your pediatrician can help you and your child prepare for the upcoming year.

“Visits to your pediatrician also can offer a chance to receive information from specialists on how to keep your child safe from illness while they are attending school,” Dr. Howell-Berg said. “Most parents are more aware of the viruses today; however they still have questions that we can answer for them.”

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