It will be back-to-school time before you know it and the Montgomery County Office of Public Health is reminding parents to make sure their children’s vaccinations are up-to-date before the first day of school.
ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, a child must have had at least one dose of all the required vaccines or risk not being allowed in school.
Vaccines are held to the highest standard of safety.
The United States has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history.
Vaccines are continually monitored for safety and effectiveness.
Vaccine Safety Resources
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
IAC is a nonprofit organization that promotes immunization. You will find reliable sources of information about immunizations, including links to web sites, phone numbers, and books.
IAC Vaccine Information
This site includes a question and answer section for vaccine preventable diseases, immunization information for infants, children, and adults, a collection of "Unprotected People" stories, and more.
Vaccine Education Center (VEC)
The goal of the VEC at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is to accurately communicate the facts about each childhood vaccine. VEC also publishes a monthly vaccine e-newsletter for parents titled “Parents Pack.” For more information or to subscribe, click here.
The only exemptions to the school laws for immunizations are:
Philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction.
If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.
For more information on the vaccines that are required for your child, talk with your healthcare provider, school nurse or call the Montgomery County Office of Public Health at one of its three public health centers.