Back to School Health Checklist
Summer is coming to an end, which means the start of school is right around the corner! Hopefully your school shopping is done, you’ve already compared your class schedule with your friends’ schedules, and a first day outfit is picked out.
But before you even head out the door, there are a few more things you will NEED. We’re not talking about pens or binders; we’re referring to your immunizations. Are all of your shots up-to-date? If you aren’t sure what immunizations you still need for school, you can access your Nevada WebIZ immunization record here.
Adolescents & Teens
Before heading back to school in August, here are a few health reminders to prepare you for your school year ahead.
- All entering 7th grade students must receive the MenACWY vaccine and Tdap booster shot.
- Additional recommended vaccines include: HPV for both boys and girls, meningitis B (at 16 -18 years old), as well as your annual flu shot in the fall.
- Attention athletes! If you plan on playing any sports during the school year, make sure to schedule a physical exam with your doctor.
College & University Students
Students attending college or university this fall in the Las Vegas or Reno areas, classes start August 27th! Here are some reminders for you in order to start your classes:
- All incoming freshmen (under 23 years old) have to show proof of immunity to meningitis. One dose of MenACWY at 16 years old or above will satisfy the requirement. Additionally, students must show proof of immunity to tetanus (Td or Tdap vaccine), and measles, mumps, rubella (MMR vaccine).
- Other recommending immunizations include: your annual flu shot in the fall to protect against influenza. The HPV series (if you haven’t already received it and complete the series) protects against sexually transmitted diseases that can cause cancer. In addition the meningitis B vaccine ensures you are fully protected against meningitis.
For additional information on immunizations and the diseases they protect against, visit us online.