National Infant Immunization Week raises awareness of vaccinations

ANNA, Ill. (KBSI) – It is National Infant Immunization Week. Have your children been kept up to date on vaccines? COVID-19 disrupted many lives in different ways. One of them is keeping children and families up to date on their immunizations. With the COVID-19 pandemic more families are choosing tele-health where you can virtually visit your doctor rather then have to visit in person.

This type of doctor visits can make it hard to have your children up to date on vaccines they would get going physically into the doctor’s office for a well child visit. This could have lingering consequences for school-age children.

“Since the pandemic started is A continual reduction in the number of infants under the age of two that are getting their regular immunizations and staying on track with their immunizations so what we’re seeing right now is a little more than 10% of children under the age to two have not received it or not up-to-date on their immunizations, and with people getting in and out more to the public now that some things have lifted it’s important to make sure that your children are fully immunized. We don’t think about it very much but we still do have measles and chickenpox and all of those things but because children are immunized and adults are immunized then those numbers do stay low. So it’s important that your children do continue to get those vaccinations,” said Shawna Rhine, Community Outreach Coordinator with Southern 7 Health Department.

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