Immunizations for back to school

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- When your kids head back to school, they won't just need school supplies.

The La Crosse County Health Department said now is the time for kids to get their immunizations.

It says there are four vaccines recommended for teens and preteens.

The first is a Tdap protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, which is also known as whooping cough.

The health department recommends getting a human papillomavirus vaccine, which protects against infections and cancers caused by HPV.

It also said it's a good idea to get a meningococcal vaccine which protects against meningitis.

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.

Finally, the health department said kid should get a flu shot every year regardless of age.

“Schools are a great place for kids to share germs, so to have vaccines to prevent many of the diseases that used to be common it's just a great public health measure to keep kids healthy,” said La Crosse County Health Department nurse Christine Gillespie.

You should contact your doctor or local health department if you have questions about which immunizations your child needs.

Wisconsin also has an immunization registry where you can look up your child's records.

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