The Most Important Thing On My Back To School List

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.

Disclosure: This post was developed in association with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The opinions of the author are their own.


  1. Thomas B says:

    My LO started JK this year in Ontario … I didn’t know that vaccinations were mandatory. I’ll be checking his records book to make sure. Thanks for posting!

  2. Shaheen Khan says:

    This was a great reminder. I nearly forgot my girl’s measles vaccine. It’s such an important thing to vaccinate the little ones before they get back to school. My daughter has just started school this year and the first two months have been tough with her catching something or the other from her buddies at school.

  3. Jen Walker says:

    I know a few kids that cannot get vaccinated, and even though I was pro-vaccine before, knowing there situation makes it even more important. Herd immunity only works when a significant portion of the population are vaccinated, and I take serious issues with those that choose not to vaccinate for non-health reasons like cancer or other immune deficiencies.

  4. Leo T. Ly says:

    I never thought that vacation updates were part of the back to school routine. I guess I better take my kids to the doctor to ensure that they have all of their shots.

  5. Claudia Krusch says:

    It is so important to get kids vaccinated. Our school will not let a child enroll unless you show proof of up to date vaccines.

  6. Florence Cochrane says:

    Vaccinating ones child is very important. I don’t understand those whose refuse to do it other than for medical reasons.

    • AlainaMonster says:

      I think vaccinations should be a part of everyone’s school preparations. And back to school brings up the perfect opportunity to remind parents to check to make sure their little ones are up-to-date.

  7. Allison says:

    If there is one (well, I’m lying, there are SO many) issues that gets my blood boiling it is the issue of vaccinating our population. It makes me absolutely insane that people believe a fraudulent study but completely reject valid, provable and reliable scientific studies because “it’s just how they FEEL.” ARGH! As parents, we get to make a lot of decisions for our kids, like all of the decisions, but this one? This one just needs to be MANDATORY, like completing the Statement of Live Birth or driving with valid car insurance.

    I’m going to go and lie down now and breathe (but no, not really, because I’m a mum x5 and time to lie down is a tale as old as time).

    • AlainaMonster says:

      I totally agree with you on all your points. It’s frustrating to me as well… especially when I think they are purposefully exposing those who are too young or too sick to things that could be devastating to their bodies. Not okay, in my opinion.
      A mom to 5?1 You must be superwomen!

  8. Genevieve says:

    As the years go by I find tricks and it gets easier alevery year. One thing is to reuse the leftover from the previous year.

  9. Rebecca Swenor says:

    It is indeed that time of year for the kids to go back to school. I believe it is so important for kids to get their vaccines before going to school. Some people have separated the shots so they don’t overwhelm there the child’s immune system. Thanks for sharing the information.

  10. Nicole says:

    My son isn’t old enough to be in school yet, but he is up to date on his vaccinations as well! They are always so important, even when it’s not for back to school! I love this, thanks for sharing!!

    • AlainaMonster says:

      I totally agree! If anyone would like to send a non-vaccinated child to public school, then they have to go through their physician and fill out forms and have it all in place before the child starts school.

  11. Blair villanueva says:

    Keeping vaccinations updated plus upgrade of school supplies, makes most kids motivation to school. I remember I always have new sets of crayons and umbrella. I dont know why i was obsessed with umbrella then 🙂

  12. Violet Smith says:

    I have always believed in vaccinations for children. My children also always had routines when they were in school. Must teach the grandchildren the same.

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