Back-to-School, Back-to-Health

18 Aug

Last night I stopped at an office supply store to pick up a few items for work.  The store was full of parents with their children, all with lists of supplies needed for school.   Notebooks, pencils, pens, folders, sheet protectors – all of those were being scooped by parents.  You could see the excitement in the kids’ faces as the shopping carts were filled up with brightly colored goodies. 

I really wanted to peak at those “shopping lists,” to see if any vaccinations were listed on “what to get before you start school.”  I only hope that those smiles I saw on the kids’ and parents’ faces aren’t turned to tears, if their child should contract a vaccine-preventable disease.   For just pennies a day, you can protect the life of your child, and they can enjoy the school year as they were meant to, and you, as a parent, have the peace of mind that you have done everything possible to protect the life of your child.

It made me sad and happy to see the kids’ faces.  Happy, because kids should always be smiling, and sad, for me, because I don’t have my child to smile with and enjoy special moments.

Make sure your children are up to date on all of their vaccines.  Visit the National Meningitis Association at  or

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