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Kansas City Star: Is your child up-to-date on vaccines?

By Joseph Hernandez

Schools are almost back in session across the Kansas City area. It’s a scramble to get everything ready before the big day. 

For some kids, this will be their first time going to school, which presents another hurdle for parents to hop over: vaccines. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment require kids to receive certain immunizations before they can go to school in person to prevent the spread of disease.

If you’re in Missouri, here's what your child needs if they’re heading into kindergarten.

It’s the same immunization requirements for Kansas kids, but at different times. 

COVID-19 vaccine is now available for most children. It is not required in Missouri or Kansas.

Dr. Tyler K. Smith, a pediatrician at Children’s Mercy, said that she describes the COVID-19 vaccine as if it were the annual flu shot. It will either prevent people from getting infected or decrease the severity of the symptoms if they’re infected.


Read the full article via The Kansas City Star

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