Guest column by Lauren Grimes, BSN, RN,
Manager of Nursing Services
Kansas City Public Schools
Division of Student Support Services
In March, during the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, families were asked to stay home and stay out of the doctor’s office for routine care. Families listened. Fast forward to October and many children have missed those important well-child visits, and with that are behind on their immunizations.
Well-child visits and immunizations are more important than ever. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been measles and whooping cough outbreaks in recent years. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/why-vaccinate/well-child-visits.html. Combining an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease with COVID-19 is not what we want to see with our children. Immunizations help keep children’s immune systems strong and helps prevent them from contracting diseases that can have devastating effects on children.
Doctors are now seeing patients for well-child and immunization visits and have implemented procedures to keep everyone safe. If you work with families who are concerned about safety procedures in their doctor’s office, please encourage them to reach out to their provider to learn what they are doing to protect the health of all. It is not too late for families to catch up on immunizations.