This can harm children if you wait too long
Some healthcare providers are seeing a dwindling number of parents bringing in their young children for routine immunizations due to COVID-19. Missing out on these important vaccinations can put young children at a greater risk of illness or even death.
Providers across the country are prioritizing immunizations of children under the age of two years old. All of the recommended immunizations help protect children from preventable diseases such as pneumococcus and pertussis (whooping cough), according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“We are very concerned that delaying these well visits for kids less than two years old will cause a domino effect in the future. At Advocate Medical Group (AMG) we still encourage kids less than two to come in for their well visits and vaccines,” says Dr. Aaron Traeger, pediatrician with Advocate Children’s Medical Group in Bloomington, Ill.
Following the recommended child immunization schedule helps prevent outbreaks of preventable diseases from occurring.
Advocate Aurora Health is taking precautions to ensure patients can feel safe coming to the doctor’s office. It’s called the Safe Care Promise, and you can read more about that here.
“We are doing these appointments in the morning where no other sick patients should be in the waiting room with them,” says Dr. Traeger.
“Vaccines are safe, effective and essential for public health,” adds Dr. Traeger.
You can find a vaccination record and schedule at advocatechildrenshospital.com.