Back-to-school season is coming which means it's time for parents to make sure their children are up to date on their vaccines.
Vaccines protect against meningitis and other serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases.
Preteens and teens need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis or whooping cough) vaccine, meningococcal conjugate vaccine, and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine when they are 11 to 12 years old. A booster dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine is recommended when teens are 16 years old.
Learn more about recommended vaccines at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ or cal 563-382-4662 to talk to a Winneshiek County Public Health nurse.