为什么你应该接种你的孩子,甚至在大流行期间

**By David J. Schneider, MD, FAAP**

疾病控制中心(CDC)最近报告了儿童疫苗接种率的暴跌,数字表明childhood vaccination rates essentially haltingfrom March to April 2020 during the height of coronavirus concerns.

虽然许多家庭继续留在家里,以防止Covid-19的传播,直到有经验证实,安全有效的疫苗,父母不应该延迟为孩子寻求医疗保健,特别是常规免疫。

Current unvaccinated children for vaccine-preventable diseases do not have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, but they do have a higher risk of contracting other preventable diseases, like meningitis, whooping cough and measles that can potentially lead to worse outcomes. Measles is still spreading globally, with two outbreaks in Washington state last year. Measles is more infectious than the novel coronavirus and young children, pregnant women and immunocompromised children are at an increased risk for complications and have a higher fatality rate.

As a pediatrician who supports children’s overall health, my advice to parents is to not delay health care for your child if you are worried about COVID-19. Aside from vaccine-preventable diseases, delays in care for your child can slow the detection of congenital or developmental issues, diagnosis of new problems or treatments for chronic illnesses.

At Virginia Mason, we are doing new things to help put parents’ worries at ease. We are separating well and sick children into different clinics at physically distant locations so that parents and kids who come in for routine care will have decreased likelihood of being exposed to kids who are unwell. We are doing extra sanitizing of each exam room between patients, using personal protective equipment (PPE) for all visits with full PPE for sick visits, masking all patients at the entrance, and making it possible to maintain a six-foot physical distance from other people within the clinic.

此次疫情已经提醒我们how important vaccines are, as they help prevent the quick spread of infectious diseases and the horrible consequences that come with an outbreak. –David Schneider, MD

要求在“病态诊所”的患者被要求在他们的车上等待,当我们准备好进来时,他们被称为。它们被直接导致了一个干净的考试室,以避免在候诊室和走廊中的可能曝光。对于不需要亲自护理的访问,我们提供视频访问,并已在此服务中显着增加。

每个人都带有一些含有一些级别的Covid-19风险。幸运的是,对于孩子来说,大多数Covid-19案例似乎都很温和,但有一些孩子患有更严重的症状和并发症。重要的是继续良好的洗手,身体偏移和维护卫生惯例,以帮助避免感染。

此次疫情已经提醒我们how important vaccines are, as they help prevent the quick spread of infectious diseases and the horrible consequences that come with an outbreak. When a COVID-19 vaccine is available, it will be important for everyone to stay up to date with the vaccination to achieve herd immunity and avoid a devastating outbreak like we are having now.


Dr David Schneider_2019David Schneider, MD, FAAPis board-certified in general pediatrics. He practices at188金宝搏网站弗吉尼亚梅森贝尔维尤医疗中心. Dr. Schneider specializes in pediatric and adolescent medicine, with special interests ranging from well child visits and sports-related injuries to LGBTQ health and mental health concerns around ADHD, depression and anxiety.

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