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August 12, 2016

Send Your Children Back to School Protected from Serious Diseases

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Back-to-school season is here. It's time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs. It's also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines.

In South Carolina, children are required to have certain vaccinations in order to attend school.

To highlight the importance of immunizations for people of all ages - and make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need as they go back to school - the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

"Getting children all of the required and recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children from serious diseases," said Teresa Foo, M.D., M.P.H. and DHEC Immunization Medical Consultant. "If you haven't done so already, now is the time to check with your child's doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs."

It is critical for all children and adults to be protected against preventable and potentially life-threatening diseases. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community - including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.

Talk to your child's doctor to find out which vaccines are recommended for them before going back to school.

S.C. parents can learn about the vaccines required for school and day care at For more information about vaccines visit or


DHEC Media Relations