September 22, 2014

Nurses offer vaccine reminder

Recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as whooping cough and measles, have school officials urging parents to check their child’s immunization records.

Wisconsin Association of School Nurses President Louise Wilson says it should be done before school starts, just like getting a new backpack and school supplies. She says that gives parents time to schedule an appointment with their health care provider or local clinic, if a new vaccine is needed.

State law requires parents to provide proof that students have had several different vaccinations within the first month of school, unless they opt out for religious or personal conviction reasons. Failing to do so can result in kids being forced to stay home from school for up to 10 days.

Information on required vaccines should be included with school registration packets. Wilson says laws can change depending on the age or grade level of a student, so it’s best to make sure the record is filled out as soon as possible.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:15)