Doctors at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin are urging parents to make sure their kids are up to date on all vaccinations before school starts up again.
It’s National Immunization Month and doctors say it’s important to get up to date, placing an emphasis on the HPV vaccine, which can be administered to children ages 9 and above.
It can prevent certain types of cancers triggered by that virus.
Doctors want to stress the importance of immunizations and are troubled by the recent uptick in people choosing to avoid them.
"The vaccine schedule is safe, um that it protects against illnesses. Since we’ve seen vaccination rates go down for certain things, we’ve seen outbreaks of whooping cough, we’ve seen outbreaks of the mumps, we’ve seen outbreaks of measles and those things are scary. They’re scary for me and I’m a doctor and they should be scary for other people," said Mayo Clinic Pediatrician, Sarah Scherger.
Scherger emphasizes the HPV vaccine has been around for about 20 years and is completely safe for both boys and girls.