One of the most important ways to keep children from getting sick is to be sure they benefit from vaccinations. Not only should children be vaccinated against mumps, measles, rubella, chicken pox, Hepatitis B, Diptheria, tetanus and pertussis, nearly all children six months and older should receive an influenza vaccine, too.
“You should ask the day care center about its approach toward vaccinations,” says Dr. Michelle McCauley, a resident physician at Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Holmestown Road. “For example, although South Carolina requires standard vaccinations for children to attend day care, a vaccination against influenza is not among those mandated.
“Look for a day care that encourages, if not requires, children and staff members to be vaccinated for the flu.”