Should my kids get their regular vaccines?

Yes, your kids should get their regularly scheduled vaccines during COVID-19. 

Vaccines play a vital role in protecting children against 16 different diseases like pneumonia, measles, and chicken pox. And they protect the larger community from outbreaks related to vaccine-preventable diseases. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control have both recommended kids continue to get all vaccinations as scheduled.

If you’re concerned about visiting a health care facility during COVID-19, call your pediatrician’s office ahead of time and ask them about the precautions they are taking, such as limiting folks in the waiting room and asking patients and caregivers to wear a mask. The good news is doctors are trained in infection control and are very used to washing their hands all the time! 

So, while we wait for a COVID-19 vaccine, protect your kids and communities from other diseases. If you’ve missed some vaccinations in the last few months, talk to your pediatrician. They will help you decide the best way to make up any missed vaccines. 

 

Last update: July 16, 202, 1:47 pm ET

Science review: GSN, ERS