Routine well-child visits and vaccine visits are essential, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important that your family continue to receive their immunizations on time and according to the schedule recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of these diseases are serious. At a time when our healthcare system is already overwhelmed, it’s critical that we avoid outbreaks of preventable diseases, like measles, pertussis (whooping cough), and mumps.
Everyone in your family 6 months of age or older should also receive their annual flu vaccine. COVID-19 and flu are both infectious illnesses that can affect breathing and have similar symptoms, but they are caused by different viruses. A flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent flu.
The U.S. currently has two COVID-19 vaccines approved and recommended for emergency use authorization. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for use in those 16 years of age and older and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for use in those 18 years of age and older.
Please keep in mind that the current COVID-19 vaccines are not recommended to be given at the same time as other vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccines should be given alone, and a space of 14 days should be maintained before or after getting any other vaccine.
In addition to mask requirements and phone screenings, many medical offices are taking extra steps to make sure that well visits can happen safely during the COVID-19 outbreak, including:
- Scheduling sick visits and well-child visits during different times of the day
- Asking patients to remain outside until it’s time for their appointment to reduce the number of people in waiting rooms
- Offering sick visits and well-child visits in different locations
Prepare for the visit by calling your child’s healthcare provider to ask when your child’s vaccinations are due and what policies and procedures are in place at the office.