Changes to immunization schedule

August 11, 2008 4:06:45 PM PDT
Parents are reminded about back to school immunization schedule. It's a big day for 4-year-old Amina Fowler of North Philadelphia.

She's at Temple University Hospital for a check-up and to get ready for her second year of pre-school.

First, Amina gets measured and weighed.

Then her blood pressure is checked, along with her hearing and her eyes.

Amina has asthma, so her mom knows to stay on top of her medical care and this time, that also includes vaccinations.

This year, there are a few changes on the immunization schedule.

11 to 13-year-olds should have a booster shot for pertussis, or whooping cough.

In New Jersey, 6th graders will be required to get the whooping cough booster, as well as a meningitis vaccination.

Later this fall, kids there in pre-school and daycare must also get flu shots.

Earlier this year, the government approved a new combination shot that puts polio vaccine in with those for tetanus and whooping cough.

While some parents worry kids are getting too many shots, most doctors say the shots are safe and prevent dangerous diseases.