HARRISONBURG, Va -- It's that time of year, we've got the new clothes and the school supplies, but do we have our vaccines?
Most of us got shots before kindergarten, then again in middle school, and again before college.
But what do we really need and when?
Leslie Miller at the Rockingham County Health Department says there's four recommended shots before kindergarten, chickenpox, Polio, MMR and T-dap.
MMR and T-dap will protect you from potentially deadly infections that we know as whooping cough, tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella. The four shots are combined into two.
Before middle school Miller recommends hepatitis-B and the HPV vaccine for girls.
But Miller says it's not just kids who need to keep up with their shots,
"the CDC is recommending that all adults have one dose of T-dap especially if you're going to be around a new born baby."
Miller says that the CDC is also recommending women get the T-dap shot during each pregnancy.
She says that way the baby will be protected from the infections through the mother's antibodies.
Miller says the Health Department and RMH will be at the fair giving out free shots on Wednesday.
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