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Making sure your child’s immune system is ready for school

Barb Lockhart, public health nurse, gives 4-year-old Nate Robinson his first immunization shot while mom Corinna looks on. - Photo Darcy Wiebe
Barb Lockhart, public health nurse, gives 4-year-old Nate Robinson his first immunization shot while mom Corinna looks on.
— image credit: Photo Darcy Wiebe

Your child is enrolled and ready for kindergarten, but what about making sure that your child’s immune system is ready too? Kindergarten boosters are being offered to children between the ages of 4 and 6 years at the Cranbrook Health Unit. You can make an appointment by calling 250 420-2207.

When children reach kindergarten age, it’s time for a booster immunization of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio. Only one shot is needed (DTaP-IPV vaccine) to protect against all four diseases. Some children may require varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine and other immunizations that may have been missed. Vaccines are safe. It is much safer to get the vaccine than to get sick from the disease.

If you live outside the Cranbrook area, contact your local Public Health Centre for immunization information. Public Health Centres are listed under Health Authorities in the ‘Blue Pages’ of your local Telus telephone directory, or you can visit our website www.interiorhealth.ca and follow the links under Find Us / Find a Location / then select Health Centre under location type.

For more information on immunization visit www.immunizebc.ca.

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