FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va (WFXR) – The number of kids getting immunized has dropped significantly since the pandemic across the commonwealth.
As students and their parents gear up to go back to school. health officials want to remind parents to make sure their child is up to date on their immunizations.
Population Health Manager of Piedmont Health District, Nancy Bell says, “All children have to have immunizations when they enter kindergarten. They can’t come to public school so if they don’t get them. That’s how important these immunizations are.”
Getting your child immunized is going to be different due to COVID-19.
“We are going above and beyond the guidelines because we’re talking about young families and we want to keep everyone safe,” says Bell. “The parent will make an appointment of an immunization. We’re asking for only one parent or caregiver to come in. You will receive a text when we’re ready to see you, and you’ll go straight through the main lobby back to the nursing area for the immunization.”
All of this effort is to insure safety.
“What we’re trying to communicate to parents is that the health department is going to be a safe place to bring children,” says Bell.
With busy schedules, it’s easy to forget to make an appointment with your child’s doctor for immunizations, but health officials say this is the easiest way to keep them safe.
“Do not skip immunizations for your child,” says Bell. “Is the one thing you can do and it could be free based on your income. Save their life, and to keep them from carrying something that can injure an unborn child or elderly person.”