Time to catch-up on childhood vaccines - Wyoming Medical Center

Time to catch-up on childhood vaccines

Jul 13, 2021

If you've delayed visits with your child’s primary care provider this past year, you may want to double check that they are up to date on their vaccinations. Vaccines not only protect individuals, but entire communities. They are vital to the public health goal of preventing diseases.

The best way to ensure your child gets the appropriate inoculations is to work out a schedule with your pediatrician or family doctor at one of your child’s normal wellness visits. Then, make sure you go to the appointments to get the shots they need.

The Wyoming Department of Health requires several vaccinations before a child is allowed to enter preschool, kindergarten and seventh grade, and there are others that may be recommended by your provider.

1. What vaccinations does Wyoming require to attend day care and preschool?

  • DTP/DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) is a combination vaccine that protects against these three serious illnesses. The last shot in the series needs to be given after the age of 4.
  • IPV (Polio) protects against this highly infectious viral disease that invades the nervous system. It is a multiple-shot series with the last dose given after the age of four.
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) is another combination vaccine that protects against these three diseases and is given as a two-shot series before kindergarten.
  • HepB (Hepatitis B) protects against this serious disease that attacks the liver and is spread through contact with blood or body fluids. The vaccine is given as a three-shot series.
  • VAR (Varicella or Chickenpox) is recommended in two doses for children, adolescents and adults to protect against getting chickenpox.
  • HIB (Haemophilus influenzae type b) completed series is needed for kindergartners.
  • PCV13 (Pneumococcal) protects against 13 types of bacteria that cause pneumococcal disease. Children need 4 doses before age 4 to 6.
  • RV (Rotavirus) protect against a virus that causes diarrhea, vomiting and fever and spreads easily among children and infants. Two or three doses (depending on vaccine brand) are required by 7 months.

2. What vaccinations do students need before entering kindergarten?

In Wyoming, before entering kindergarten or if they are new to a school district, students need the vaccines listed above, except for RV which is not routinely given to children after a certain age.

3. What vaccinations do students need before middle school?

Before entering seventh grade, students need a booster shot of the Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis). Several other vaccines – for HPV, meningitis and hepatitis A – are recommended for teenagers but not required. Families should talk to their doctors about them.