x
Breaking News
More () »

WZDX

Alabama Department of Public Health encourages parents to keep kids' vaccine's up to date, even during COVID-19 pandemic

According to ADPH, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many pediatric and family providers have seen a decrease in regularly scheduled vaccination visits.
0905 ADPH Logo

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.

RELATED: UK coronavirus vaccine prompts immune response in early test

RELATED: 1st COVID-19 vaccine in US boosted immune systems; headed to final test stage

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.

Click here for more information from ADPH.

IN OTHER NEWS: What can you do to reduce COVID-19 spread? Huntsville/Madison County leaders weigh in

PEOPLE ARE ALSO READING:

WZDX Virtual Town Hall: An open conversation on race relations

The history of the confederate flag 

All victims of mass shooting in Morgan County identified

Latest COVID-19 information for Alabama: What you need to know