Going to School? Vaccines Should be Up-to-Date


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (RELEASE) – A new school year’s arrival is a reminder for parents that families should be up to date with the vaccines they need, according to a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) official.

“Certain important vaccines are required for all youth attending our schools and childcare facilities, with other vaccines also recommended to help keep Wyoming families healthy,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state epidemiologist and acting state health officer with WDH. “So for some families, getting ready for the school year may mean a visit to a medical professional for shots.”

Harrist said vaccines are safe and effective, and offer important protection against a number of preventable diseases.

“We see cases every year in Wyoming of diseases that can generally be prevented with vaccinations,” she said. “In some areas of the country, there have been recent outbreaks of preventable diseases such as measles that…