Province encouraging immunizations before new school year begins

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The province's chief medical officer of health is encouraging people to make sure their immunizations are up-to-date before the kids head back to school.

Dr. Robert Strang says vaccines protect people from a number of serious diseases and parents and guardians should make sure their children's - and their own - immunizations are up-to-date and keep a record of them.

Before starting school, children between the ages of four and six should receive a booster of Tdap-IPV vaccine to protect them against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, and polio. They may also need a second dose of MMRV vaccine to protect against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox.

Vaccines outlined on Nova Scotia's Routine Immunization Schedules for Children, Youth and Adults are provided free of charge.

The Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education school year begins Thursday, September 5.