A national survey revealed, while the majority of parents believe vaccinations are important to protect children against diseases, fully two-thirds of the respondents said they are reluctant to take their kids to their pediatricians because of COVID-19.
According to USA Today, that has healthcare experts concerned we might see outbreaks of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases wreaking havoc as kids return to the classroom.
"All it will take is a case of measles entering our community and we will see loss of life that is completely unnecessary," said Dr. Alix Casler, a pediatrician with the Orlando Health Physician Associates. The survey, conducted by Orlando Health, said the COVID-19 crisis "led to low vaccination rates, which experts warn could create a very dangerous situation when kids return to school and other public places."
Other experts warn influenza can be deadly for children as well, according to USA Today. They urge parents who may have missed their children's vaccinations during lockdown to call their doctors and make an appointment. Those who are nervous about COVID-19 can schedule a telemedicine appointment first so the doctor's visit will be quick and easy.
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