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Back-to-school immunizations

Before sending the kiddos back to school, UTMB pediatrician Dr. Lee Elam recommends checking in with your child's health care provider to ensure they are up-to-date on all of their vaccinations.

Below is a breakdown of routine immunizations administered throughout various stages of childhood and development. Additionally, Dr. Elam reminds parents that regular vaccines for COVID-19 and the flu are also available, with most clinics normally offering flu shots at the beginning of September. For the COVID-19 vaccines, she advises parents and guardians talk to their family's health care provider for the most up-to-date information about what's available to them.

Typical pre-K and Kinder vaccinations

  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough "pertussis")
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)

Typical 6th or 7th grade vaccinations

  • Tdap (booster of the DTaP originally administered before the age of 7)
  • HPV
  • Meningitis

Typical vaccinations for 16-year-olds

  • Meningitis booster (to support original dosage from middle school)
  • Group B Meningitis

A more  detailed breakdown of vaccinations throughout childhood is available in a previous blog post.

For more information on children's health and wellness measures--including care options -- visit the UTMB Health Pediatrics page.

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