Believe it or not, school starts three weeks from today, which means it's time to get those back to school vaccinations.
Dr. David Gude, the COO of the Texas Med Clinic chain, says when you combine 'no shots, no school,' plus the need for doctors to conduct UIL mandated physicals on middle school and high school football players, the next three weeks will be the busiest of the year for family doctors.
"There are no shortages at the moment of any of these critical vaccines, but yes, the sooner people can get in and get them done, the better," he said.
Keep in mind, that every parent who has a child in school will be rushing to the doctor to have their child roll up his or her sleeves, so if you get to the doctor early, Gude says, you won't have to deal with the regular last minute rush.
Dr. Gude says there are no major changes to the back to school inoculations requirements this year, but he says an effort to standardize the required shots means that it is kind of complicated for doctors to figure out what child needs what shots.
He cites the requirements for chicken pox vaccine.
"If you're in fifth grade or sixth grade, for example, you only have to have one of these, and twelfth grade only has to have one," he said. "But if you're in K-4 or 7-11, you have to have two."
He says the best think parents can do is to touch base with their child's school nurse. School nurses are back to work now, and they will know what medications your child needs.
"They'll look through the shot records, which they maintain a copy of," he said. "They can tell a parent exactly what their child needs."
Keep in mind that 'no shots, no school' means every student in every school, with no exceptions.
Dr. Gude says the 'no shots no school' requirement has succeeded in getting more young people health and life saving inoculations.
Vaccine advocates also say that, even though there is a 'moral exemption' clause in the mandatory vaccine law, it has also done wonders to overcome the dangerous fiction that there is a connection between common childhood vaccines and autism.