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Time Now For School Vaccinations

With school just around the corner, now is the time to ask your pediatrician whether your children are up-to-date on their vaccinations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more children in this country are getting their shots than ever before. But there are variations from state to state, so it's important to check with a pediatrician to make sure your youngsters are current.

State regulations vary, but many states require proof of vaccination for a lot of diseases before they allow children into school, points out The Early Show medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay.

Most parents are diligent about getting their infants vaccinated, but, says Senay, some may not realize they need to protect their older kids with follow-up shots. The older students need some shots, too.

Infants or toddlers have usually all had the measles, mumps and rubella shot, commonly known as the "MMR." But you need two doses of this vaccination, so if your child hasn't had it, around the age of eleven or twelve is a good time to consider getting the second dose, or getting your child immunized if they haven't had it at all, Senay suggests.