What are the required immunizations for children prior to entering school?
Immunizations are an important part of preventive health care for all ages. They help develop immunity against potentially deadly or disabling diseases and also reduce the risk of spreading diseases to others.
The Wyoming School Immunization Law requires that children be up-to-date on their immunizations to attend school. Viral diseases such as measles, mumps and chicken pox can spread quickly among people who are not immunized. It is important to start that protection early and to maintain it with appropriately scheduled “booster” injections.
You can learn specific and up-to-date information about required immunizations at the Wyoming Department of Health:
Should all children be immunized?
Yes. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control recommend that all children receive immunizations to protect against polio, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, tetanus, Haemophilus influenza type b (HIB) and hepatitis B. Your health care provider may recommend additional immunizations for you and your family.
What can happen when children are not immunized?
These diseases can cause serious illness and even fatal complications including breathing problems, brain damage, paralysis, hearing loss, and vision loss.
What are the risks of immunization?
Reactions to an immunization can range from mild to serious. A mild reaction can include redness, swelling or discomfort at the injection site and a low grade fever. Serious reactions are rare but may include high fever, seizures and anaphylaxis. Your health care provider can best determine if the risk of reaction outweighs the risk of contracting the disease. Always contact your health care provider if you have questions or concerns about your child's reaction to an immunization.
This information has been provided for your general knowledge based on recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control. Fremont #1 does not recommend or promote any specific form of medical care of treatment. Consult with your professional health care provider for appropriate advice regarding your specific medical needs.