Parents: Don't forget those back to school immunizations!

BOISE - A reminder for parents: Idaho schools and daycares require students to have their immunizations current for starting school.

Health experts say if your children don't get the recommended vaccines, they may suffer unneccessarily from preventable diseases or spread illness to others in their classrooms.

So when everyone gets vaccinated, the majority of the population will stay healthy.

"We create herd immunity - when we vaccinate a significant part of our population," said Rachelle Collinge, RN NPH with Central District Health. "And so for those kids who cannot get vaccinated for some reason, or the vaccinate does not take, it automatically protects those children because everybody around them is vaccinated."

Idaho has regulations for vaccinations for entry into kindergarten and seventh grade.

For kindergarten, that includes: Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Measles/Mumps/Rubella and Chicken Pox.

For seventh graders, that includes: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Meningococal and the recommended HPV vaccine.

Central District Health also reminds you to make sure everyone gets their flu shots starting this October.