BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) Getting ready for the start of school, most children dread going to the doctor for shots. Now, they may need more of them.
As of July 1, the New York State Health Department has increased the number of immunizations children need before entering school.
“There's a primary series of shots that children get between 2 months and 6 months old,” said Dr. Anthony Caterina, MD of Women & Children’s Hospital. “They then get a booster series at 4 and 11.”
The types of vaccines have not changed, including the chicken pox and polio vaccines, just the number of doses.
With many of these diseases being highly contagious, students entering kindergarten or or 6th grade for the 2014-2015 school year will be required to have two doses of the chickenpox vaccine, and 3-5 doses of the polio vaccine.
"Child vaccination has been studied more than anything else in medicine, said Dr. Caterina. “In the history of humanity, vaccines have saved more lives than anything else."
This change ups New York State’s standards to the national level. For all other required school vaccines including measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, hepatitis B and pertussis...doses should coordinate with child’s age.
Although child vaccination is proven to be safe, critics are still out there.
"When you read about it, it keeps getting worse and worse and worse,” said Tammy Stevens of Tonawanda. “What are the causes of immunizations or vaccines?”
"People like a good conspiracy theory,’ said Dr. Caterina. “The hard part about it is we're doing something to people's children."