Covid-19 pandemic, millions are more vulnerable to sickness and death until
a treatment is developed and approved. In the meantime, the Indiana
Immunization Coalition is urging parents and caregivers to keep up with
their children’s immunization schedule, for their protection against
debilitating and potentially deadly diseases like measles and pertussis.
This pandemic is creating more awareness of the serious consequences
associated with a disease that has no immunization to provide protection.
“During this time,
it is imperative that the recommended childhood immunization schedule is
followed, for the safety of children and adults. Delaying for months or
until the stay at home orders are lifted will only make children more
vulnerable to preventable diseases.” said Lisa Robertson, executive director
of the Indiana Immunization Coalition (IIC).
The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that childhood vaccines
continue to be given, stating “If a practice can provide only limited well
child visits, healthcare providers are encouraged to prioritize newborn care
and vaccination of infants and young children (through 24 months of age)
“Vaccines should be
administered on a consistent basis in order for them to be most effective,”
said Lisa Robertson, executive director of the IIC. “You and your loved ones
can safely stay up to date on essential vaccines while practicing social
distancing. Parents and guardians should contact their pediatricians or
local health clinics to determine their options during this time.”
facilities all across the U.S. are adopting different policies and
strategies to ensure patient safety during the pandemic, which includes
seeing fewer patients in-person, using tele-medicine appointments, and
suspending elective procedures.
While millions of
Americans are out of work and struggling financially, keep in mind that no
infant or child should be denied a vaccine due to insurance status or
inability to pay. The CDC Vaccines for Children (VFC) program offers
immunizations at no cost to providers who serve eligible children. Children
must meet at least one federal VFC eligibility criteria, including Medicaid
eligible, American Indian, or Alaska Native, uninsured, or underinsured.
Parents can contact their provider or local health department for
parents, guardians, and caregivers to visit the following sites for more
information and resources on infant and childhood immunization needs and
schedules: The Doctor Is In Š When should you see the pediatrician during
COVID-19? American Academy of Pediatrics; Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention Š 2020 Childhood Immunization Schedule and recommendations for
clinical preventive services; and American Academy of Pediatrics Š guidance
for pediatric providers.
Immunization Coalition (IIC) is a non-profit public-private partnership that
strives to reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases through
immunization education, advocacy, promotion, and statewide collaborative
information, please visit vaccinateindiana.org