How Should You Handle Your Kids’ Vaccinations During Coronavirus Pandemic?

April 27, 2020

Should your child still receive vaccinations during the coronavirus pandemic?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is reported that 80 percent of children throughout the country are not seeing their doctors during this global outbreak.

Along with missing their doctor's appointments, children are also not receiving their vaccines.

Data from PPC, a company that develops electronic records for pediatricians, reported that vaccines for whooping cough, HPV, mumps, and measles dropped at least 40 percent during the week of April 5.

The AAP told Good Morning America that pediatrician visits, as well as visits for flu or cold symptoms, should not stop during the pandemic.

"It's really critical for parents to remember that their pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists are out there and available to take care of kids," Dr. Sally Goza, an APP president, and pediatrician said.

Dr. Goza said children could get COVID-19, and their parents should keep tabs on their health records. As for being scared about going to the doctor, Goza said pediatricians are waiting for patients to call them.

If at any time you are worried that your child is coughing or running a fever, don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call your local pediatrician. Doctors who treat children are also on call during night hours.

Dr. Goza also emphasized that now is not the time to skip routine visits to your doctor's office. She said that doctors want to keep a close eye on children because regular illnesses can still happen.

Pediatricians want parents to know that this is not the time to skip vaccinations. Dr. Goza said if our country's vaccination rates drop, then people are at risk of having another measles or whooping cough outbreak.

"Or if it's a young child that doesn't get their meningitis vaccine, they could get meningitis, which we haven't seen much in many years," Goza said.

For safety reasons, pediatricians will also tell you if an in-person visit is needed.

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