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Your Health: Back To School Checklist
Story Updated: Oct 30, 2013
We are less than a month away from the start of school - and if you have someone beginning, or returning to class, you need to make sure they're in good shape.
So two visits are in order: to your child's pediatrician, and to his or her dentist.
"They (pediatricians) can identify and problems with growth or developmental problems, as well as catch up on any immunizations they might have missed," said Faith Lustik from Jefferson County Public Health.
Immunizations can be confusing: the shots your child may need depend on his or her age, and the class he or she is entering. Here's a guide from New York state that should help, and your doctor should have a record as well.
As a general principle, Public Health reminds parents immunizations are required, and with a rise in Pertusus, (more commonly known as Whooping Cough), the Diptheria, Pertusis, Tetnus or 'DPT' vaccine is especially important..