Worried about going back to school this fall with Coronavirus still around? AFC Urgent Care Danbury is here to help students return to school safely with Top reasons to get your immunizations updated and COVID tested for school in 2020.
We care for our families and we want them to be well. The only way to truly eliminate fears of infection and disease is to keep vaccinating and to follow safety protocols to prevent COVID-19. Many of us may be hesitant to get immunizations or be tested for COVID-19, as it can be hard to trust what we see on the news. Misconceptions found on unreliable media sources are often “we said, they said”. Don’t make the same mistake this year when returning to school. Unlike other states with rising cases of COVID, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are doing the best they can to be COVID free and keep our residents healthy this fall.
Immunizations are required for school
Depending on age, location, job and lifestyle everyone needs different vaccinations. We all have a different vaccine schedule to follow that helps build our immune systems to fight off diseases that can pose a potential harm to our health. The CDC has a specific immunization schedule for people of all ages. Click the link here to learn more: Recommended Vaccine schedule
Why do we need immunizations for school?
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. For decades, all 50 states have required that parents vaccinate their children against various diseases, including meningitis and measles, as a prerequisite before the school season starts. The reason states do this is because they want to protect everyone from potential illnesses that may spread among large groups. If your child is going away to school, which normally is populated with thousands of kids, then getting them the right vaccinations can help reduce the chances of anything spreading on campus. It is also beneficial for kids to get them when playing sports to prevent chances of infection when having physical contact on the fields or courts.
Immunizations Required For Incoming College Students:
Have a child bound for college? Make sure you check with the particular school he/she is attending to find out their immunization requirements as they often differ slightly.
The following are the most frequent vaccinations required by most colleges and universities:
- Hepatitis B
You can add COVID-19 testing to the list as a prerequisite for school!
Colleges and universities want to make sure that everyone entering campus is COVID free. We highly suggest students get the PCR Nasal Swab test to determine if they have the active virus. Results are available within a few days and this can provide the school and the state actual numbers to help reduce the spread of the virus.
According to the Connecticut Higher Education Report, the state recommends students going to school in Connecticut must test negative for COVID-19, preferably 72 hours, but no later than 14 days in advance of moving into their dorm. Commuter students in Connecticut are not required to get testing for COVID-19, but should still take safety precautions if someone on campus does get the virus. At AFC we suggest that they get tested prior to returning to campus as well.
All the information above also pertains to both in-state and out-of-state students. More information about COVID-19 testing guidelines for returning to Connecticut for school can be found here: https://buff.ly/3kdMeZ2
AFC Urgent Care Danbury can help clear you for school
If you are not sure about the last time you visited your doctor, you can always call them for your medical records to see what your last immunization was. We can help answer any immunization questions at AFC Urgent Care Danbury. You can walk right in, with no appointment necessary, to any of our Danbury walk-in clinics. We also offer COVID-19 testing at all of our locations 7 days a week. We can also help clear you to go back to school if you do happen to get the virus. As a community partner we will continue to help everyone by offering COVID-19 testing and immunizations when needed all throughout the semester.
We are located at 2 Main Street, 100 Mill Plain Road, and 76c Newtown Road. All 3 of our locations are open 7 days a week and ready to treat you. We accept most insurances and offer a TeleCare Service to see you virtually at the comfort of your own home.