9 Vaccines Your Child Needs Before Entering Kindergarten

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Get 'em vaccinated while you still can!

Summer is almost over, which means it's almost time for your child to head back to school.

Other than school supplies and new outfits, one of the most important things kids need before walking into their classroom are the proper vaccinations.

It's not just a suggestion, it's also required by law (a legislation that went into affect July 2016) that every child be vaccinated before entering kindergarten.

If your child hasn't been vaccinated already, time to get on it. Below, you'll find a list of the nine vaccines your child needs before entering kindergarten.

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1. Chickenpox

Chickenpox is generally mild, but it can be serious in some individuals, which is why it's important to get your child vaccinated against this disease.

Children should get two doses of the vaccine: The first one happening between 12 through 15 months of age and the second happening between 4 through 6 years of age.

2. Tetanus

There are four different types of vaccines that are used to protect against tetanus, with the DTaP or DT being used for babies and children younger than 7 years old.

While it's important your child is vaccinated, the CDC recommends everyone gets this vaccine.

3. Polio

Polio is a deadly disease that can cause paralysis. Thankfully, a vaccine exists to better protect your child from being infected by it.

The CDC recommends children receive four doses of the vaccine, with those periods being at 2 months old, 4 months old, 6 though 18 months old, and 4 through 6 years old.

4. Diphtheria

There are four vaccines in the U.S. that are used to prevent diphtheria. They are DTaP, Tdap, DT, and Td. DTaP and DT are given to children younger than 7 years old.

5. Pertussis

Pertussis is also known as whooping cough and has different vaccines for various age groups. Again, younger children will receive a DTaP vaccine for this disease.

6. Measles

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can easily be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. But it can be prevented with the MMR vaccine. Two doses are highly recommended by the CDC, as it increases their effectiveness in fighting against the virus that causes it.

In 2018 alone, CNN reports there were 107 measles cases confirmed across 21 states. So if your child isn't vaccinated yet, now would be the time.

7. Mumps

Similar to measles, mumps is also prevented with the MMR vaccine. Two doses are also recommended by the CDC, with the first one happening at 12 to 15 months and the second at 4 through 6 years of age.

8. Rubella

Though often referred to as German measles, rubella is caused by a different virus than measles. Again, it's still treated with the MMR vaccine, so it follows similar protocol as the measles and mumps vaccines.

9. Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B affects the liver and though it can be a mild illness, it can potentially be more serious than that. According to the CDC, around 2,000 people in the U.S. die from hepatitis B-related liver disease every year. Getting vaccinated can help prevent the possibility of that ever happening.