SOUTH CAROLINA (WCBD/WJBF) - The kids will be heading back to school in less than a month and now is a good time to get them ready for the first day.
One way to do that is by checking your child's shot record to make sure it is updated.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control requires certain vaccinations each school year. The list varies from year to year for private and public schools, as well as day cares.
School officials and medical experts suggest scheduling a wellness check up for your child before the new school year begins.
Lowcountry Pediatric's Dr. Wes Branstiter says kids don't have the immune system that we do as adult.
Required vaccines protect students from illnesses such as, chicken pox, measles, polio, mumps, and meningitis.
There will be plenty of forms for parents to fill out. The one you want to look for is labeled "South Carolina Certificate of Immunization". It needs to be filled out by the child's doctor.
Dr. Branstiter suggests parents practice good hygiene and create a healthy sleep routine with their child.
"Poor nutrition and poor sleep are known to reduce your immune system and make you more susceptible to viruses, colds, bacteria, sinus infections, everything else," said Lowcountry Pediatrics Dr. Wes Branstiter.
He says patient visits spike big time after school starts because of illnesses that spread at school.
Parents can locate their child's immunization record by contacting his or her school and doctor's office.
According to SCDHEC, these are the common immunization questions.
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