National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is a yearly observance highlighting the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). This year, in particular, it’s critical to ensure that families stay on track for children’s routine checkups and recommended vaccinations — even during COVID-19.
A CDC report released in May 2020 found a troubling drop in routine childhood vaccination as a result of families staying at home. CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that children stay on track with their well-child appointments and routine vaccinations even during the pandemic. As in-person learning and play become more common, on-time vaccination is even more urgent to help provide immunity against 14 serious diseases.
Why is Now a Good Time to Bring Your Child in to HOPES for an Appointment?
The key for pediatric and adolescent health care is regular checks of growth and development, as well as vaccines. Many families understandably delayed these visits in the beginning of the pandemic, and now many kids and teens are behind in their screenings, exams and vaccines. AT HOPES, we have extensive procedures in place to take care of sick patients with potential infections outside of the clinic walls, protecting the staff and patients inside. Regardless of what the need is, we have a way to address it. For some issues, kids don’t need a visit in person, and we can offer phone or video visits. Other times, when we need to check growth and do an exam, in person visits are better.
HOPES is currently accepting new pediatric patients. We are excited to add new patients to our open providers, and can make availability within two weeks, often within days.