Summer is soon coming to an end, which means parents need to start preparing their children for school. Before entering your child into the public school system, Dr. Johnny Walker said  it is crucial students get their vaccinations done.

“At different ages and different landmarks, people do need updated immunizations really ranging from Pre-K all the way up through senior year of high school,” Dr. Walker said.

Doctors recommend bringing your child in for a physical during the summer, so they can determine whether or not they are up to date on their vaccinations. This isn’t just for your child’s sake, but their classmates as well.

“There are some kids in the school systems and the communities who, due to immune conditions, can’t be vaccinated, and that’s why it’s important that the rest of the population is well vaccinated. So that these diseases such as measles, mumps aren’t out there in the community and posing risk to these other individuals or the individuals themselves that chose not to be vaccinated,’ Walker said.

West Virginia schools require that students going into the 7th and 12th grade get another round of vaccines before they can begin classes. Without proof of these vaccines, students will be asked to stay home. Immunization requirements vary from county to county, that’s why it’s important to reach out to your family doctor to see what your child needs before they go back to school.