Back-to-school means back to the health clinic for immunizations

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - With a new school year just around the corner, health officials and physicians are reminding parents to visit their pediatrician or health clinic to have their children immunized.

Two booster shots are required for children ages 4-6. One will protect kids from measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox.

The other protects against polio, diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis.

"We have so many diseases now that we can prevent and prevent hospitalization, prevent death from," said Anita Henderson, M.D. FAAP, a pediatrician at The Pediatric Clinic. "So, it's important for kids to get vaccinated. Teenagers need to come in and get a pre-teen or a teenage checkup," she said.

Another shot is required for students entering the 7th grade.

It's a tetanus/pertussis booster.

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