Immunizations During the Time of COVID-19

by Nicole Viau, Health Promotion & Communication Specialist, City of Nashua Division of Public Health & Community Services

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself, your family, and your patients against serious diseases through on-time vaccination. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released in May 2020 found a troubling drop in routine childhood vaccinations as a result of families abiding by public health recommendations and staying at home. This caused an unfortunate result in many missed routine vaccinations.

The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that every child continue to receive routine vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Children need to be protected against vaccine-preventable diseases, and well-child visits and vaccinations are essential services that can help make sure children are protected. Children who are not protected by vaccines may be more likely to get a variety of vaccine preventable diseases, such as measles and whooping cough. Following the recommended vaccine schedule provides your child with the best protection from potentially serious diseases.

As communities continue to open up their services, it is important for parents to work with their children’s healthcare provider(s) to make sure they are able to stay up-to-date on routine vaccinations. If your child is due for a well-child visit, call the healthcare provider's office and ask about ways they are safely offering well-child visits during this time. Many healthcare offices are taking extra steps to ensure that well-child visits can happen safely, including:

  • Scheduling sick visits and well-child visits during different times of the day;
  • Asking patients to remain outside until it’s time for their appointment to reduce the number of people in waiting rooms; and
  • Offering sick visits and well-child visits in different locations.

We also encourage you to visit the CDC’s Vaccine Guide, which provides information on the vaccines recommended throughout the lifespan.

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