Back to School Means Back to Germs, Getting Vaccinated Today
GAINESVILLE -- Its back to school which means germs are going to be spread.
While the common cold isn't always avoidable many serious diseases are.
School starts next week and from measles to mumps are your children safe from not getting sick?
Doctors say -- when it comes to vaccines -- there are plenty of pros that can outweigh the cons.
(Sanjeev Y. Tuli, MD, Chief, Division of General Pediatrics) " The two things that have happened in this country which has prolonged life quality and quantity have been the running toilet and vaccines."
Theres some common misconceptions people have about getting vaccinated before going back to school.
The first being some children can opt out of getting those shots, leaving your kid at risk.
Heather Bloom is a mom sending her daughter kiara to Kanapaha Middle School for the first time with all her shots.
With it being a new school she says its was concerning to learn that not everyone is protected.
(Heather Bloom, Mom) " Its scary because now i know that there are people who dont vaccinate at all, and i know theyve had their shots but what if its that one little chance that someone else carries it to them."
Dr.Tuli has seen diseases affect many people.
While there hasnt been a huge outbreak of diseases here in America recently.
Just like an Ebola outbreak in Africa diseases strike when you least expect it.
(Sanjeev Y. Tuli, MD, Chief, Division of General Pediatrics) " they feel this sense of security because they dont see it or feel the urgancy but i can tell you is these things can happen overnight.
Both tuli and bloom agree that the second of pain is worth the benefits of protection.
(Sanjeev Y. Tuli, md, Chief, Division of General Pediatrics) " the little bit of cons are the injection sight, redness and a little bit of discomfort, but by and large their is not cons.
(Heather Bloom, Mom) " itll be better for just a couple seconds of pain now then them getting an actual life threatening illness in the future. "
Bloom says the shots aren't only to protect her daughter.
(Heather Bloom, Mom) " I never had chicken pox, or the shot, so i made sure they got the shot so they wouldnt give me chicken pox."
Tuli says you should follow up with your primary care physician each year to make sure kids are up to date on their vaccines.
Right now The Florida Department of Health is offering free immunizations for kids heading back to school.
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