COVID-19 vaccines have not been approved for children yet, but medical professionals urge parents and guardians to keep kids current on standard vaccines and wellness checks.
Trials on children 12 to 17 haven’t begun for the COVID-19 vaccine, but the medical world is encouraged to know that they will start soon. In the meantime, healthcare workers have noted a significant decrease in children wellness visits and immunizations.
Vaccines allow us to prevent disease as opposed to treating the illness. Over the course of the last century, common and sometimes fatal diseases such as smallpox, polio, pertussis, rubella, and more have been prevented by vaccines.
Typically, vaccines contain an antigen of the disease they’re formulated to prevent. As the CDC explains, this antigen prompts the immune system to produce antibodies to fight it. Once the antigen has been introduced to the body, the immune system remembers and quickly produces antibodies if and when the child comes in contact with disease, thus creating immunity.
While wearing a mask and staying home is recommended at this time, it’s still important to scheduled and keep well-child visits with your pediatrician. These routine appointments ensure your little one stays up to date on immunizations and they give you the opportunity to ask questions or discuss health concerns.
In addition to keeping your child healthy, well-child visits help track growth and encourage appropriate development for your baby. Many doctor offices are taking precautions during the pandemic to provide a safe and clean space during visits.
For additional information check out:
- Why children can’t get the COVID-19 vaccine yet | CNET
- Why Are Childhood Vaccines So Important? | CDC
- Well-Child Visits are Essential (Spanish)