Be Sure to Keep your Child’s Vaccine Schedule during COVID-19
The uncertainty of COVID-19 has created a lot of questions for the community as to when or if they should see their health care provider. However, even during this time, it remains extremely important that infants, toddlers and children continue to maintain their regularly scheduled well-child visits.
Well-child visits, which include vaccinations, are essential, not only for the screening of potential illnesses and health care concerns, but for vaccinating against preventable illnesses. Infants and children are given small doses of vaccines during regular intervals in order to ward off preventable illnesses later on.
“It is critical for children to stay current on their vaccinations, especially during this global pandemic,” Jeffrey Williams, MD, of Hattiesburg Clinic Children’s Clinic said. “Our goal is to keep children healthy now and in the future.”
Williams noted that newborns to those approximately two years old do not have the immunity that even older children through adults have built up over the years.
“Illnesses like whooping cough and pertussis can be very harmful if we do not stay on top of these vaccinations,” Williams said.
Vaccinations not only protect your child from deadly diseases, but they also keep other children safe.
“Vaccinations help to eliminate or greatly decrease these dangerous illnesses that used to spread from child to child,” Anita S. Henderson, MD, of Hattiesburg Clinic The Pediatric Clinic said. “As social distancing requirements are relaxed, children who are not protected by vaccines will be more vulnerable to diseases such as whooping cough, pertussis, and measles. We urge parents to continue maintaining their child’s immunization schedule and well-visits to ensure their child is healthy and safe, especially during this time.”
All Hattiesburg Clinic pediatric services and clinics are open at this time. All facilities at Hattiesburg Clinic have taken great measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of patients. For more information, contact your pediatrician or call visit www.hattiesburgclinic.com.
Children’s Clinic (601) 261-3500
Children’s Clinic – Petal (601) 705-0260
The Pediatric Clinic (601) 579-3000.