As you prepare for fall enrollment, now is a good time for early care and education programs to make sure all staff are up-to-date with recommended immunizations. Getting vaccinated is an important part of staying healthy. Routine immunization of adults is the best way to protect yourself against vaccine-preventable diseases. Several of the vaccines routinely recommended for adults will prevent diseases that can be spread to children in the child care setting, including pertussis (whooping cough), varicella (chicken pox), measles, mumps, rubella and influenza.
Start your influenza vaccine efforts now too! All children 6 months of age and older and staff should get influenza vaccine.
Look for places to easily get the vaccine, for example, from your health care provider, in grocery stores, pharmacies or public health departments.
Use the Influenza handout below to share with staff and families:
What vaccines do you need? Take the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Adult Vaccination Quiz available in English and Spanish: