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Back-to-School Season: What You Need To Know About Vaccines



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ANCHOR LEAD: Vaccination is important in helping to maintain health and wellness across a lifetime, and vaccines are recommended for people of all ages. Brian Osuch has more on why back-to-school season is a good time to talk to your doctor about your child's health. (:60) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. Today vaccines can help protect against 14 diseases before age two. But many parents may not know there are vaccines that are recommended for their older children. Registered Nurse and CEO of HealthyWomen.org, Beth Battaglino... CUT: (Battaglino) The school year can be hectic, so parents are encouraged to use the summer break to make appointments with their child's healthcare professional to discuss vaccines and dosing schedules that are recommended for their preteens and teens. SCRIPT: The CDC recommends up to nine vaccines for older children and adults. CUT: (Battaglino) As children get older, they often see a healthcare professional when they are sick or need a sports physical. This is a great opportunity for parents to ask about vaccines. As children become preteens and teens they can be at risk for other diseases for which vaccines are available. The Lifetime of Vaccines program reminds parents to talk to their healthcare professional about vaccinations and other ways to help keep their family healthy. SCRIPT: For more information, go to LifetimeOfVaccines.com. That's Newsbreak from Merck.
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