The Vaccination Question
Central Florida Health News|September 2020
Doctor Explains Why Immunizations Are So Critical, Even During Pandemic
TERESA SCHIFFER
The Vaccination Question

AS WE ENTER FLU SEASON while in the midst of a raging pandemic, the topic of vaccinations is on a lot of people’s minds. You may be wondering if you should get a flu shot this year, if a coronavirus vaccine will be safe, and if you should avoid taking your children to the pediatrician for regularly scheduled vaccinations. As these important topics surface, we sought the advice of a medical expert. Dr. Nicole Hinds, a pediatrician with Lakeland Regional Health, took the time to explain to us why maintaining proper vaccination schedules for children is so important.

Nationally, doctors report that they are seeing a decline in the numbers of children coming in for their vaccinations. In March, April, and May, healthcare professionals first noted the marked decline in the number of children receiving vaccinations. This is a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had parents concerned about the safety of visiting doctors’ offices right now. While the concern is understandable, the resulting decline in vaccination numbers troubles health officials.

School-age children should have vaccinations for hepatitis B, hepatitis A, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), polio, pneumococcal, and Haemophilus influenzae type b. These vaccinations are generally required for school admission. Infants often also receive the rotavirus vaccine because they are at greater risk of serious complications if they contract that illness.

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