It’s officially back-to-school season, and I love this time of year. I love the back-to-school season not just because things become less hectic with 2 off to school this year, but for what the start of a new school year symbolizes. A fresh start. New backpacks, new shoes, new year, new possibilities. It’s such an exciting time for the kids and me.
But it’s also a very busy time. It seems like my back-to-school list is a mile long with no end in sight. Pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, clothes, shoes and stocking the panty with healthy back to school snacks. It seems like there’s so much more to do.
And, if I’m going to be honest with myself, I’m probably going to end up forgetting to buy something. It happens every year. The evening after the first day of school, I’m usually that mom in the store picking up the supplies I forgot to put on my list.
That’s okay though, because I know I’m not forgetting the most important thing on my never ending back-to-school list. The most important thing being: making sure my girls are up to date on their vaccinations (the complete vaccination schedule). I know that delaying or refusing vaccinations would leave my girls at unnecessary risk for serious diseases. I don’t just want to prepare my girls for the most successful school year, I also want to prepare them for a healthy one as well.
Vaccinations don’t just keep my girls healthy, they also help keep everyone around them healthy. Vaccinations are a safe way to protect all those that are vulnerable or unable to receive vaccinations. As many of you know we have a new baby at home, Eleanor. And while we keep Eleanor to her vaccination schedule, she’s still too little to have received them all. So we vaccinate to help protect her too.
Also, in my province of Ontario, children that attend public school must be vaccinated unless they have a valid exemption. It is important for all parents to make sure their child is up to date on vaccinations before they start school.
At the beginning of every school year I make a point to call our family doctor to make sure my girls are up to date on the immunizations needed (tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, meningococcal disease and whooping cough). It’s the most important thing on my back-to-school list.