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Staying healthy is important to keeping you and our community safe. Children need to have vaccinations (shots) to prevent them from getting sick. Children under the age of 5 are less able to fight off these germs if they do not receive their shots.

Please keep in mind these tips about shots:

  • The California School Immunization Law says that children need to be up-to-date on their shots to attend school or childcare. 
     
  • Shots are made to be given to everyone and are tested to make sure they are safe for public use. 
     
  • Some Vaccinations may not be shots; there are some that are given by the mouth or nose. 
     
  • Children who have not had their shots can die from measles, chicken pox, and other bugs that shots can prevent. 
     
  • Like most medicine, shots can cause some side effects. 
     
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of the shots with your medical provider. 
     
  • Please tell your medical provider if your child has had any past reactions to a shot or if they have any allergies. 
     
  • Before your child has shots be sure to read the Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) to learn about the benefits and risks of the shots. 
     
  • Always keep a record of your child’s shots. 
     
  • Ask your medical provider if there is an immunization registry in your area. An immunization registry will keep your child’s immunization record on file. 
     
  • For more information please call the CDC at 1-800-232-4636 or visit them online at www.cdc.gov
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