Here’s what parents should tell kids before the school year begins

Preparing kids for school takes more than vaccines and backpacks. Bullying and technology look different than they did a few decades ago, and the Internet has ushered in a new age of misinformation and anxiety. From Head Start to high school and college, kids need help navigating complex social and safety issues — ideally, before they happen. Here are some things that experts say parents should be thinking about as their kids and teens head back to school.

How Health Disparities Can Impact HPV-Related Cancers

While almost everyone gets the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) at least at some point in their lives, some populations are significantly more likely to develop HPV-associated cancers. These differences in cancer rates and deaths are called health disparities, and they can have profound effects on individuals, families, and whole communities. Minority populations, especially black women, are disproportionately impacted by HPV-associated cancers.

What Are Neglected Tropical Diseases?

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a diverse set of infections that primarily impact impoverished communities in tropical regions around the globe. Found in 149 countries and more than a billion individuals, NTDs affect more people than malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV combined worldwide, and result in approximately 57 million years of life lost when you take into consideration the premature death and disability they cause.

What Vaccines Do Health Care Professionals Need?

People who work in health care settings are frequently exposed to germs while being with or around patients. Vaccinating healthcare personnel (HCP), like physicians and nurses, helps protect them from potentially dangerous diseases like flu and whooping cough, as well as protects the patients they care for. All adults should make sure they are up-to-date on all routinely recommended vaccines. But if you're an HCP or work in a health care setting, there are six shots in particular that are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
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