HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AL-AAP) are encouraging parents to keep their children's vaccinations up to date.
According to ADPH, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many pediatric and family providers have seen a decrease in regularly scheduled vaccination visits.
Across the state, there has been a 50% decrease in the number of vaccines administered from March 1 to May 1 compared to the previous year, according to ADPH. ADPH said this places those without vaccines at an increased risk of exposure to preventable diseases including pertussis, measles, mumps and others.
ADPH and AL-AAP encourages parents to work with providers to catch up on all childhood vaccines that were missed during the pandemic. The organizations said that skipping vaccines and well visit checkups can put children at risk.
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