Getting Your Child Ready for Back-to-School 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Monday, 10 August 2009 
As the start of school draws near, it is important to be prepared.  Every parent wants their child to have a pleasant back-to-school experience, and Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has many resources that can make the transition smoother.

Immunization requirements for the state of Texas have recently changed, and it is important to know which changes will affect you.  Details on the immunization requirements for various school districts can be found on our Web site,, but the most notable changes include:

  • Meningococcal Vaccine
    • Beginning School Year (SY) 2009-10, 7th grade requirement
  • Varicella Vaccine
    • Beginning SY 2009-10, 2 dose requirement for kindergarten and 7th grade entry
  • Tdap Vaccine
    • Beginning SY 2009-10, a booster dose requirement for Tdap for 7th grade
  • MMR Vaccine
    • Beginning SY 2009-10, 2 dose requirement of MMR vaccine for kindergarten entry
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine
    • Beginning SY 2009-10, 2 dose requirement for kindergarten entry statewide

In addition to being vaccinated, parents need to think about other aspects of their child’s health.  When buying a backpack, consider getting one that has wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back, which will help support the back and spine better.  Deciding what to eat for lunch can also be an important decision.  Most schools have made efforts to create healthy lunch menus, but review your school’s menu for healthy choices and then consider packing your child’s lunch on some days of the week.  Sleep is also an important aspect of school readiness.  Make sure your child is forming appropriate sleep habits so that they can do their best in school.

General ways to keep kids healthy are often overlooked.  Speak to your child about proper hand washing techniques, covering coughs and sneezes, and not sharing drinks.  These are simple steps you can take to ensure your child is healthy and ready for school.

Parents can help make school an exciting and positive experience for their children by following these simple suggestions along with establishing a regular routine prior to the start of the school year.  Visit for more tips on how to prepare for the school year, or call 800-681-2733 for a referral to a pediatrician to get your child’s immunizations up to date.