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Immunization Awareness Month 2021: An Opportunity to Get Our Children Caught Up

As schools and day care facilities begin to reopen and offer in-person learning and care, it’s particularly important for parents to work with their child’s doctor or nurse to make sure they get caught up on missed well-child visits and recommended vaccines.

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Catch Up on Well-Child Visits and Recommended Vaccinations

Families have been doing their part by staying at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19. An unfortunate result is that many children missed check-ups and recommended childhood vaccinations. CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend every child continues to receive recommended vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are challenging times, but you have the power to help keep your child healthy.

Making sure that your child sees their doctor for well-child visits and recommended vaccines is one of the best things you can do to protect your child and community from serious diseases that are easily spread.

Well-Child Visits and Recommended Vaccinations Are Essential

Well-child visits and recommended vaccinations are essential and help make sure children stay healthy and are protected. Children who are not protected by vaccines are more likely to get diseases like measles and whooping cough. These diseases are extremely contagious and can be very serious, especially for babies and young children. In recent years, there have been outbreaks of these diseases, especially in communities with low vaccination rates.

Extra Steps Are Being Taken to See Children Safely

If your child is due for a well-child visit, call the doctor’s office and ask about the special measures they have in place and ways they are safely offering well-child visits. Many medical offices and clinics are taking extra steps to see children safely during this time.

Routinely Recommended Vaccines for Children and Adolescents

For more information on the childhood and adolescent immunizations recommended in the United States, consult the easy-to-read schedules below:

Recommended Vaccinations for Infants and Children (birth through 6 years)

Recommended Vaccinations for Children and Adolescents (7-18 Years Old)

Recommended Catch-up Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents

Last Updated: May 31, 2022

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