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Health experts, pediatricians encourage parents to have children vaccinated

A reminder that students need to be vaccinated before returning to in-person learning.

MADISON COUNTY, ALABAMA, Ala. — As students get ready to transition to in-person learning in Madison County, here's an important reminder to make sure your child has been vaccinated.

Health experts say in the early stages of the pandemic, a lot of children missed important vaccinations. Recently that number has gone back up.

Pediatricians also say children who are in Pre-K and Kindergarten need to have their booster shots including vaccines for measles, mumps, and chicken pox.

Doctors assure parents that scheduling a visit is safe.

"We follow CDC guidelines. We make sure there's just like one patient coming in at a time. I know every clinic is different, but most of them changed the workload where it is safe for the patient, for the staff, and for the doctor themselves," says Primary Care Pediatrics & Family Medicine, Dr. Shraddha Shrestha, MD.

Doctors and health experts also encourage parents to have their children get a flu vaccine.

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