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Keep vaccines in your routine to protect from preventable diseases

Jul 13, 2020

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With doctors’ offices closed and in-person visits suspended, maintaining routine health and dental care during the coronavirus pandemic has been a challenge for many. This is especially true for vaccinations. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that fewer childhood vaccines have been administered during the pandemic. Orders for regular childhood vaccines declined by 2.5 million doses between March 13 and April 19.

The coronavirus remains with us. But continuing to get immunizations helps protect our community from preventable outbreaks of other diseases. According to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, vaccination can protect against 14 serious childhood diseases, including measles, flu, tetanus, polio and whooping cough. Booster shots for measles, mumps and rubella are also important to ensure that immunity continues.

Parents should be familiar with the suggested pediatric immunization schedule as well as the recommendations for adults. All states require vaccinations for children attending child care and school. It’s important to stay up-to-date so children meet vaccination requirements when it’s time to return to school or child care.

As flu season approaches, flu shots will be more important than ever to keep both adults and children healthy and to help protect the most vulnerable. The flu shot won’t prevent the coronavirus but can help reduce the burden on our medical system this winter.
Now is the time to get caught up with immunizations. Medical offices have implemented measures to protect patients and staff members from COVID-19. If you or someone you care about has missed a well-child or routine appointment, talk with a health care provider. Learn more by visiting the CDC’s vaccination page.

Mantenga las vacunas en su rutina para protegerse de enfermedades prevenibles

El coronavirus permanece con nosotros. Pero sigue obteniendo las vacunas que ayudan a proteger a nuestra comunidad de brotes prevenibles de otras enfermedades. De acuerdo con la Fundación Nacional para Enfermedades Infecciosas, la vacunación puede proteger contra 14 enfermedades infantiles graves, incluyendo sarampión, gripe, tétanos, polio y tos ferina. Las vacunas de refuerzo para el sarampión,  papera y la rubéola son también importantes para asegurar que la inmunidad continúe.

Los padres deben estar familiarizados con la pediatría sugerida del calendario de vacunación, así como las recomendaciones para adultos. Todos los estados requieren vacunas para que los niños asistan a la guardería y la escuela. Es importante mantenerse actualizado para que los niños cumplan con los requisitos de vacunación cuando es hora de regresar a la escuela o al cuidado de niños.

A medida que se acerca la temporada de gripe, las vacunas contra la gripe serán más importantes que nunca para mantener saludables a adultos y niños y para ayudar a proteger a los más vulnerables. La vacuna contra la gripe no previene el coronavirus, pero puede ayudar a reducir la carga para nuestro sistema médico este invierno.

Ahora es el momento de ponerse al día con las vacunas. Los consultorios médicos han implementado medidas para proteger los pacientes y miembros del personal del COVID-19. Si usted o alguien que le importa ha perdido una cita de rutina o cita para su niños hable con un proveedor de cuidado de salud. Obtenga más información visitando la página de vacunación de los CDC


Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens is the president and chief executive officer of Interact for Health and InterAct for Change. Dr. Owens is a reproductive endocrinologist. He earned an MD, an OB/GYN residency and a master’s of public health degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He also obtained a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School. In recent years, Dr. Owens has served as the Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, and Interim Health Commissioner and Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Department. 

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