Don’t Delay Your Child’s Vaccines – They’re More Important Than Ever

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Connecticut Children’s and its partner pediatric practices have worked around the clock to provide a safe environment for patient care – including making sure that kids are getting the vaccines they need.

To share an important reminder to parents, Catherine Wiley, MD, division head of Primary Care at Connecticut Children’s, joins the Growing Healthy blog.

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Vaccines are essential to keep your child healthy.

  • Vaccines can prevent more than a dozen serious diseases.
  • Without vaccines, your child is at risk for getting seriously ill – including pain, disability and even death – from diseases like measles and whooping cough.

Vaccines help prevent future pandemics.

  • The COVID-19 crisis has shown us how dangerous a disease can become when there’s a widespread outbreak. It’s a reminder to make sure your child gets the vaccines that are available  (including the COVID-19 vaccine, as soon as they’re eligible).

Medical experts agree: Don’t delay your child’s vaccines.

Young child at a well visit with her mother and doctor.

  • Many vaccine-preventable diseases are especially dangerous for young children, so it’s important not to wait to get your child’s vaccines. Even small delays leave young babies vulnerable.
  • Even during the height of shelter-at-home orders, healthcare authorities like the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considered well-child visits and vaccinations essential care – and reminded parents to stick to their child’s regular vaccine schedule. The takeaway? Don’t delay.

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Vaccines are more important now than ever.

  •  Even in the U.S., there are still outbreaks of serious, vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough – and unfortunately, in recent years, these numbers have risen. (And diseases eliminated in the U.S. can infect unvaccinated babies if travelers bring the diseases from other countries.) If your child hasn’t been vaccinated, their risk is rising too.
  • As masking and social distancing requirements are relaxed, children who are not protected by vaccines will be more vulnerable to diseases such as measles.

If you’re concerned about COVID-19, learn how your child’s doctor is keeping everyone safe.

Ask your child’s doctor about their safety guidelines when you call to set up an appointment – they’ll be glad to share everything they’re doing to create a safe environment!

Here are just a few examples of the steps we’re taking to keep patients, families and team members safe and sound at Connecticut Children’s.

  • We’re minimizing time in the office by taking the history and doing the counseling over the phone, and allowing families to complete paperwork online.
  • We alternate exam rooms between patients, and thoroughly clean all surfaces.
  • We require temperature screenings and masks for all team members and visitors.

Bottom line? If your child is overdue for a vaccine, call your doctor today to set up an appointment.

Still have questions? Talk to your child’s doctor. We’re here to be a trusted source of information for your family – including questions about vaccines, and how to safely navigate this next chapter of the coronavirus pandemic.

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