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August 17, 2017

All across New Jersey kids will be heading back to school next month, and the state Department of Health wants to make sure they have everything they need: pens and pencils, notebooks, backpacks — and — up-to-date vaccinations.

Childhood vaccines protect against 14 serious diseases, such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, rubella, Hib, hepatitis B, and pneumococcal disease. They also help prevent diseases from being spread in the classroom and childcare centers. What’s more, some childhood vaccinations wear off over time, so booster shots will be needed to fully protect children from tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and other serious diseases.

Information about vaccines, inoculation schedules for all age groups, and the availability of free vaccinations for poor children can be found on the CDC website.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

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