Employee & Community Health

Back to school vaccines - it's not too late!

8/13/2018 by Dr. Robert M. Jacobson and Jennifer Brickley, RN

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By law, schools in Olmsted County require students to be up-to-date with immunizations before they can attend the first day of school. If you haven't already done this, don't worry, it's not too late!

Typically, vaccines are timed with well-child visits. School children should be seen for well-child visits at ages 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17. Non-flu vaccines are routinely recommended at the 9- and 11-year visits. 

If you aren't able to schedule a well-child visit before school starts, schedule a vaccine-only visit with a nurse. These visits are easy to schedule and Employee and Community Health (ECH) has opened up extra appointment times to give parents more options to come in before school starts. At the same time, you can schedule a well-child visit for a different date. 

Watch the video below to learn more about your child's vaccination needs. 

Dr. Robert M. Jacobson is a primary care pediatrician in Employee and Community Health's (ECH) Division of Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (CPAM) and medical director of the ECH Immunization Program. 

Jennifer L. Brickley is a registered nurse in ECH and coordinator of the ECH Immunization Program.