Many parents are anxious about taking their children to the doctor for fear of exposing them to COVID-19, but physicians continue to advise parents that routine well visits and keeping up-to-date with vaccinations are important for their child’s health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the continued decline in routine pediatric vaccine ordering and doses indicates that children face increased risks for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.
In recent months, families have been doing their part by staying at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19. As communities open up, it’s important your child goes in for their well-child visit. These well-child visits are essential for many reasons, including:
- Tracking growth and development including milestones, social behaviors, and learning
- Discussing any concerns about your child’s health
- Getting scheduled vaccinations to prevent illnesses like measles and whooping cough (pertussis) and 12 other serious diseases
Pediatricians are working diligently to ensure the safety of patients. Vaccinations protect young kids and adolescents from serious diseases. To help ensure your kids head back to school safely, be sure they’re up to date on their vaccinations.
Dr. Donald Murphey, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Dell Children’s has more information in this Fox News Austin report.