Returning to the classroom may be unclear, but the need for vaccinations isn’t

Even with COVID-19 still looming, now is a good time for parents to schedule back-to-school wellness exams and vaccinations.

“Though we’re not exactly sure what the new school year will bring, it’s very important that everyone is prepared,” said Becky S. Carothers, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Group – Broadway. “This especially includes making sure your child is up to date on their vaccines.”

With pediatricians reporting that many children scheduled for vaccinations in the U.S. have missed them for COVID-19 pandemic-related reasons, Dr. Carothers reminded parents that it’s important to make sure children stay on their vaccine schedule. Without vaccinations, there is a risk of illnesses such as pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis A and meningitis.

“Getting your child vaccinated before the school year not only helps them out, but the entire community,” she said. “Through herd immunity, children who cannot be vaccinated are more protected. It is not 100% but is the most effective method of stopping diseases.”

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Making pediatrician offices safer

Norton Children’s Medical Group offices have taken steps to make visits safer during the coronavirus outbreak. These include:

  • You can avoid the waiting room. Parents can check in via MyNortonChart and the office will call you and let you know when they are ready for you to come into the building
  • Offices have extra disinfecting procedures for each room after every patient.
  • Providers use separate rooms for sick children and healthy children.
  • Everyone over 2 years old is required to wear a mask.
  • Only one parent can accompany the patient, if possible.

“With the COVID-19 virus still circulating, it is more important than ever to protect your child against these other diseases,” Dr. Carothers said. “With these extra precautions in place, we want parents to feel confident about bringing their child into the office.”


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