Summer immunization tips for parents

According to a new study released this month, kids who do not get vaccines when they see their pediatrician for a sick visit are more likely to fall behind on immunizations.

While the study was released by a researcher at the Oregon Immunization program, Steve Lauer, a doctor at the University of Kansas Hospital, said it is a problem throughout the metro area and beyond.

"We want them to come in for their regular visits both to check on their growth and development and to catch up and make sure their vaccines are up to date," Lauer said.

Lauer said sometimes, babies end up skipping those shots because parents are concerned that they could make a sick baby feel worse. Parents then do not come back to ensure their infants get important vaccines.

"Between 1 and 2 years there is a series of vaccines that they need to get by that time many kids are doing fine and they skip one or two regular appointments. It's especially between 1 and 2 years old where they miss an appointment and get a little behind," Lauer said.

Doctors said the summer months are the best time to make an appointment with your doctor so that kids can get their shots before school.

Lauer said it's important, however, that parents and families keep a record of their child's vaccinations.            

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