OSDH: check child’s vaccinations

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) advises that  parents should check their child’s vaccine records.

“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to ensure a healthy future for their child,” said Dr. Terry Cline, Commissioner of Health. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs.”

Oklahoma law requires children to be up to date on vaccinations before enrolling or starting childcare or school.

Kindergarten Students

Children entering kindergarten are due for booster doses of the following vaccines:

  • MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)
  • Polio
  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)
  • Chickenpox

The second dose of chickenpox is recommended, but not required for school attendance.

Children who recently moved to Oklahoma may need hepatitis A vaccination. Hepatitis A vaccine, which is required for students in all grades in Oklahoma, is not required in some other states. Students need at least one dose of hepatitis A vaccine to start school. A second dose is due six to 18 months later.

Grades 7-11

Students in grades seven through 11 are required to have one dose of Tdap vaccine. Older students are strongly encouraged to receive a dose of Tdap vaccine if they missed it. Tdap protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Adolescents and adults need Tdap vaccine so they won’t contract whooping cough and infect babies and toddlers.

Children who do not have health insurance or whose insurance does not cover vaccines may receive vaccines required for school and child care at county health departments throughout the state.