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A Crash Course on Back-to-School Immunizations for Your Child


Check out this parent’s guide to vaccinations, including information on the COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12 and older.

With a return to in-classroom learning, now is the time for parents to make sure their children are vaccinated against common childhood diseases. Getting back on track with customary immunizations is important to protect school-aged kids from diseases that can be deadly, including measles, mumps and whooping cough.

It’s also important for children eligible for COVID-19 and flu vaccines to get their shots to keep them from becoming seriously ill.

Some vaccines are required for school

Vaccinations help protect your child and your community — and save lives. The New Jersey Department of Health requires all students enrolled in a school or daycare center to receive the immunizations published in the Immunization of Pupils in School rules.

Get a flu shot every year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all children age 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year. Talk to your doctor to make sure your child is protected from the flu.

COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination is the best way to protect against this serious disease. The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible children 12 and older. If you have questions or concerns, your doctor is the best source for advice.

Vaccines can help keep everyone healthy and out of the health care system. According to the CDC, vaccines help prevent visits to the doctor, hospitalizations and early deaths.

Talk to your pediatrician about vaccinations for your child and keep a record of what immunizations are due and completed for different ages and grades. Make sure your child, and others they’re in contact with, are protected.

The charts below offer guidance about the vaccination doses required for students in each school grade and more about the COVID-19 and flu vaccines.

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