HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Is your child behind schedule on their shots? If so, parents, you’re not alone. But, it’s time to do something about it.
A new study by Blue Cross Blue Shield shows that up to 9 million children will have missed routine vaccinations in 2020. Not only is staying up to date on vaccines important for each child’s individual health, but it also prevents us from having any additional disease outbreaks as we continue to fight the coronavirus.
We sat down with Dr. Neha Shah, Chief Medical Officer with Thrive Alabama. Dr. Shah says, “If vaccination rates drop even a little bit, we could see vaccine-preventable diseases start to come back… things like measles, mumps, haemophilus influenzae type B… Some of those are already at a low level, so we want to make sure the vaccine levels remain at a threshold so they don’t really make a ‘comeback’ so to speak.”
The CDC has a schedule and guide for parents to help ensure kids are on track with their vaccines. Click here for the CDC Recommended Immunization Schedule.