With the new school year beginning and fall on the horizon, now is the perfect time to reach out to your health care provider about the COVID-19 and flu vaccines for you and your child.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges everyone ages 12 and up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. Vaccines are available at no cost, and parents should check with their child’s health care provider about where to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

You can also find a COVID-19 vaccine at Vaccines.Gov.

“With cases rising across the state, the best way parents can prepare their children for the upcoming school year is to vaccinate them against COVID-19,” said Dr. Debra Esser, chief medical officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). “It is crucial to add receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to your back-to-school list for all of your children 12 and older, so that we can protect our schools and stop the spread of this deadly virus.”

As fall approaches, parents and their children over six months old should also receive their flu vaccines. Since the flu vaccine takes about two weeks to provide protection against the flu, the CDC recommends that individuals get a vaccine before the end of October or earlier if possible.

Parents should contact their health care providers about vaccinating themselves and their children against the flu.

To learn more about the flu and COVID-19 vaccines, visit CDC.Gov.

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