Doctors: Important to get back-to-school vaccines

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- Shelves are stocked with supplies and back-to-school shopping is in full swing, but state health officials say a trip to the doctor to get your kids up-to-date on their vaccines is just as important.

The Wisconsin 'Immunization of Students' law was enacted to protect student from preventable disease like the measles, mumps or tetanus. There are circumstances where parents or guardians can deny student vaccinations, but health providers still encourage them.

Staff at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire said the vaccines are not just for protecting yourself and your child, but to protect others in the community, especially those with weakened immune systems.

"Vaccines can take time to work in your system. You receive a vaccination, it takes sometimes 30 days to become completely immune for what you're being vaccinated for, so the sooner you can vaccinate the better, the more protected you'll be. Being in a closed system with a bunch of kids, you'll want to make sure that you protect your child, make sure that they're safe and healthy," Registered Nurse Lori Van Damme said.

Health official said while checkups and vaccines are on the radar for students, it can also be a good time for parents and caregivers to get in and update their vaccines.