Doctors urge parents to get kids vaccinated before going back to school

Health officials are reminding parents that all K-12 students cannot attend Wisconsin schools before getting proper immunizations unless they provide a waiver citing medical, religious or personal reasons.

Under Wisconsin law, all students must show proof they have received vaccinations against chicken box, measles, hepatitis B, polio and other diseases.

Doctors also suggest that kids get annual influenza immunizations and that children 11 to 12 years of age get vaccinated for HPV.

Dr. Trent Thompson, from SSM Health, said vaccination is critical in preventing diseases from spreading in classrooms.

Thompson said it’s the reason why some life-threatening illnesses are not as common as they used to be.

“It’s completely revolutionized medicine. We have awful diseases that some of them have been wiped out from the face of the earth because of vaccines, so it’s a positive thing,” Thompson said.

Health officials recommend college-aged students get vaccinated against meningitis and its type B strain.

To check vaccination records for students, visit this website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/immunization/wir.htm