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Vaccination time for kids as school nears

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With the flu season not far off, it is critical to make sure children are protected through vaccinations, health officials say.

"Vaccinations are really important for our health," CVS Minute Clinic nurse practitioner Rachel Lee said. "The CDC does recommend that you get a flu shot, and you get it early."

For flu shots, doctors recommend getting vaccinated between September and October. Students heading into college should make sure they have their meningitis shot.

"When you get into college, a lot of times, meningitis is one that can easily be spread when people are living in close quarters. So I would definitely recommend meningitis," Lee said.

And all children going into seventh grade in Kansas and eighth grade in Missouri must be vaccinated for tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough before they can even enter a classroom.

"Tetanus, really serious, you can get lock jaw. You aren't even able to open your mouth because the muscles contract to a point where its just completely locked up," Lee said.

And it doesn't stop with shots.

For children who play sports, many schools require athletes to get sports physicals.

"Any kind of sport activity, there's usually a sport physical required. So that is something also that we can help you with," Lee said.

Even if a sports physical isn't required, doctors say it is a good way to address any concerns before children get in the game.

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