School Vaccines and Staying COVID Free In 2020

With the pandemic going on many of us are scrambling to figure out what to do for the new school year for students of all ages. Immunizations may not be top of mind. Let’s not forget that August is National Immunization Month a time when students need to continue vaccinating in order to protect themselves from life threatening diseases. Yes, there are other life-threatening diseases! As colleges, middle schools, high schools and elementary schools are transitioning back to the new year we have new systems now in place to ensure health and safety.

COVID testing and safety protocols is now added to the list along with the usual yearly immunizations. 

AFC Urgent Care Torrington is here to help keep you informed about the required vaccines for schools and universities. We are also here to help test for COVID-19 and keep everyone safe while students return to school. Here is your guide on what you should know about school vaccines and staying COVID-19 Free in 2020.

What are the required vaccines for students in 2020?

Depending on your recommended vaccine schedule, vaccines may be needed during your next physical. A vaccine helps build up your body’s natural immunity to a disease so that it can help prevent you from getting one and or spreading the disease. By law all 50 states require vaccinations before enrollment unless there are certain exemptions met. Common disease preventable vaccinations that elementary schools may require for back to school health forms are:

  • Tetanus 
  • Diphtheria 
  • Pertussis
  • Measles
  • HPV
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A
  • Varicella

For universities and colleges the frequently most required vaccines are:

  • Meningitis 
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza
  • Tetanus 
  • Diphtheria 
  • Pertussis

More vaccine preventable diseases required by schools can be found for each state when getting vaccinated. If you are unsure of what immunizations are needed,  AFC Urgent Care Torrington performs all back to school vaccinations and can answer any questions you might have, whether your child is going to school in Connecticut or another state or country. 

***Important note: Getting a vaccine is not a one time thing. It helps prevent diseases, but in order to keep doing this you need to continue updating your immunizations. So be aware of your child’s vaccination schedule. 

Is COVID-19 testing required for returning to school?

Going to college in Connecticut? COVID-19 testing is now added to the list of prerequisites for going back to school. The Connecticut Higher Education Report states that college students need COVID-19 testing for the active virus in order to dorm or if they are coming out of state. Students going to school in Connecticut must test negative for COVID-19, preferably 72 hours, but no later than 14 days in advance of moving into their dorm or coming from another state. More information about getting COVID-19 tested when traveling to Connecticut for school in the fall can be found here.

What if I get sick with COVID during the school year?


If you do by chance, get sick with COVID, AFC Urgent Care Torrington can help retest you and help you get cleared to return to school. We also offer mobile testing for businesses, schools and other community centers for COVID-19 testing. AFC is here to continue helping our Connecticut residents stay COVID-19 Free, especially our children going back to school this fall. Learn more about AFC Urgent Care Torrington’s COVID-19 testing.

AFC Urgent Care Torrington Can help with immunizations and COVID-19 testing

Get your immunizations at AFC Urgent Care Torrington. We can help the process for your children to get vaccinated and COVID-19 tested prior to the start of the school year. COVID testing is free and we can provide you with documentation needed prior to going to school. We are also here for you just in case you do happen to get the virus and are in need of retesting to be cleared for school.

AFC Urgent Care is open 7 days a week and we accept most insurances. Our facility is cleaned and sanitized throughout the day. We even offer a Telecare service as an alternative for coming into our center. 

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