School starts soon — is your child fully vaccinated?

By Mark Salley

Special to The SUN

Before the new school year begins, make sure your children have the protection they need. Colorado students are required to have a number of immunizations for school attendance. Children, from preschoolers to middle schoolers to college students, need vaccines.

“It is important for kids to be fully immunized before the school year begins to protect everyone from potentially deadly diseases,” said Lynn Trefren, chief of the Immunization Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Measles outbreaks around the country are a reminder of the importance of immunizations.”

Specific immunizations are required for children entering child care, preschool, kindergarten and sixth grade and for children in other grades enrolling in a Colorado school for the first time. For a list of required immunizations, visit Questions about submitting immunization certificates should be directed to local schools.

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