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School will be letting out for summer soon. For many families, that means it’s time to get ready for camp! Preparing for summer camp means more than buying sleeping bags and stocking up on sunscreen. Make sure your child is up-to-date on recommended childhood vaccines as part of your preparations for camp. It’s also important to make sure that you and other family members are up-to-date on vaccinations. Vaccination is one of the best ways to keep your family and other campers healthy this summer.
Campers may get injured or sick because of outdoor activities and close living conditions. Vaccinations can help protect against certain diseases and conditions that your child could be exposed to at camp. If your children get sick with a disease that can spread between people, they could get other family members sick. That’s why it’s important that your whole family has up-to-date vaccinations.
Ask your health care provider what vaccines are recommended for you and your family. He or she may recommend vaccines for the following diseases depending on each individual’s medical history, destination, and other factors. Remember to get the vaccinations in advance to give your body time to build up immunity.
Learn more about the diseases that vaccines prevent. You can also find out what vaccines are routinely recommended for you and your family on our Who and When page. If someone in your family is going to another country this summer, learn about the travel vaccines that may be needed to stay protected.