3 Reasons Why It’s Important to Encourage Childhood Vaccinations

3 Reasons Why It’s Important to Encourage Childhood Vaccinations – In the 2020-2021 school year, there was over a one percent decline in the rate of vaccinations in Kindergarten-aged children. (Resources to Encourage Routine Childhood Vaccinations, CDC.gov) Since most schools have transitioned back into in-person education, it’s important to protect your kids as they learn all they can at school! These are the three reasons why your kids need their vaccinations…find out right here on Newsymom!

This is Public Health is brought to you in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

Thank goodness that we’ve all reached 2023! Since the nightmare of 2020 is quickly fading from our rearview mirrors, we have so many blessings and dreams to look forward to on the road to this new year.

Though the threat of COVID-19 and other illnesses are still out there, we have the tools to beat the odds time and time again: vaccinations! These are three reasons why it’s still so important to keep our kids vaccinated:

Reason #1: Vaccinating infants and children helps them develop immunity to diseases BEFORE they come into contact with life-threatening diseases.

We’re all susceptible to getting disease, but with vaccinations, we’re introduced to the disease in a safe way that allows our body to recognize and teach it how to keep us from getting sick! To summarize, we’re introducing the illness in a controlled way so our body has a fighting chance to make what it needs to fight it off.

The above image shows the recommended vaccine schedule for infants to age 6! Need a downloadable? We’ve got you! Downloadable Parent Guide
This image shows the recommended schedule for ages 7+! You can also view it via this link: Recommended Vaccine Schedule 7-18

Need to schedule an appointment for your children? The Tuscarawas County Health Department Community Health Services department offers appointments for vaccinations, and they accept Medicaid and most insurances. They also have a reduced fee for those who qualify who do not have healthcare coverage. To schedule, call (330) 343-5555, x. 1740 or 1810.

Do your research! Learn more about the different types of vaccines and how they work. Find out right here: Understanding How Vaccines Work

Reason #2: You can usually get your child’s vaccinations at the same time as an annual wellness visit, tracking their growth and progress!

Another great reason to get your child’s vaccinations is that you’ll complete a wellness visit with a provider. You’ll be able to see their growth, progress, any milestones they’ve hit, and the ones that still need to be met! Us moms know how the days just FLY by, and we often forget what milestones our children have hit. The wellness visit allows clarity on what your child has accomplished and gives you the opportunity to ask questions.

If a milestone hasn’t been met, it also allows the provider a chance to order further testing to see if there’s an underlying issue you’re not aware of!

Reason #3: Children can still get vaccines with a fever or mild illness!

Contrary to popular belief, you can still get vaccines if your child has mild illness such as:

  • A low-grade fever
  • A cold, runny nose, or cough
  • An ear infection (otitis media)
  • Mild diarrhea

Mild illness won’t affect the efficacy of the body’s response to the vaccine, and the vaccine WON’T make the illness worse! Doctors at leading health organizations still recommend you get your child’s vaccines on schedule if they have a mild illness.

Children with moderate or severe illness should ask a doctor beforehand, as they will have to wait until they get better to get their vaccines. Some of these chronic conditions could be:

  • Cancer
  • Weakened immune system
  • Severe allergic reactions to a vaccine or one of its ingredients

When in doubt, call your child’s pediatrician and ask!

The Tuscarawas County Health Department have a new year’s resolution to ensure your children are healthy this new year! Call them at (330) 343-5555 x. 1740 or 1810 to schedule their vaccinations. No healthcare coverage? No problem! They have a reduced fee for those who qualify.

Visit them at www.tchdnow.org to see the other amazing services they offer to keep you and your family safe 24/7. Make sure to follow along on Facebook (@tchdnow) for the latest news and safety tips to keep your family healthy for 2023 and beyond!

Melissa Klatt


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