Pediatricians to parents: Don't put off routine shots during pandemic

Lynne Adkins
May 26, 2020 - 12:22 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — CDC data shows that routine vaccinations are down during the coronavirus pandemic. As parents are told to keep their families home and safe from the virus, going to the doctor for a routine visit may sound like a bad idea, but doctors say missing a vaccination is worse. 

Pushing things back a few months may not be harmful, but there still is a risk, according to Dr. Joseph Schwab, associate professor of pediatrics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

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“It has the potential to be dangerous, because the vaccines prevent some very important diseases. When enough children are unvaccinated, those diseases can start to circulate again in the community,” Schwab said. “For example, most people are familiar with the recent measles epidemic we’ve seen.”

He says pediatrician’s offices are taking the necessary steps to keep patients safe during the pandemic. Many allow well visits only at certain times. Patients wait in their cars or in the exam room, separated from others. Masks are worn, and the exam rooms are cleaned between appointments.