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Keep up kids’ vaccination schedule

Even in a year when school looks different for many kids, it's still important to keep up on immunizations.

Staying up to date

Back-to-school checkups are an opportunity to keep kids up to date with their vaccines. This is especially important now during a pandemic. A delay in a wellness checkup can mean missed shots. In fact, the number of vaccines ordered has dropped since the COVID-19 outbreak began. If the community falls behind on vaccines, we could have outbreaks of infectious diseases we had under control.

It’s also extra important to get the flu shot this year since the symptoms can be similar to those of COVID-19.

Vivacity Care Centers have protocols in place to minimize our patients risk of exposure, so don’t let fear of COVID-19 keep you from bringing your child in.

We need everyone’s participation with immunizations to achieve and maintain herd immunity. Herd immunity helps protect people who can’t get vaccines themselves because of underlying health conditions or allergies. If nearly everyone else in their community is immune through vaccination, those who can’t be immunized are less likely to be exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease.

It is both in your self-interest and an act of generosity to get vaccinated because you’re protecting both yourself and others when you do so.

Vaccines have been researched extensively. We have a significant amount of data showing that they are very safe and effective. You can fact-check claims you hear in the media by looking at a reputable source like the CDC or talking to your healthcare provider about any concerns.

TIP: Your health plan covers vaccines with no out-of-pocket cost to you. For those without insurance, the state will cover the cost of childhood vaccines.

Getting vaccine records

Babies get several shots in their first 18 months, but school-aged kids need them too. Kindergarteners and 11-year-olds each get a series of vaccines.

If you’re new to Vivacity Care Center, please bring your child’s vaccine history with you to their appointment. This could be a handwritten list, or record from the child’s previous provider or school. The CDC can assist you in accessing your child’s records.

We can check the Washington State Immunization Information System (WA-IIS) for your child’s records, but we don’t have access to databases of other states. We are happy to request records from your child’s previous provider at the time of your appointment.

Preparing your child for shots

Not many people enjoy getting shots. Kids are the same.

Let your kids know that they will be going to the doctor for a checkup and might need shots. This way they can mentally prepare, rather than being surprised at the appointment.

I also recommend being honest with kids about what to expect. Most vaccines result in a quick, pinching pain. Setting this expectation with your child ahead of time can help to relieve fear of the unknown. Avoid telling your child that getting a vaccine won’t hurt as this is unlikely to be the case. Unexpectedly experiencing pain may increase your child’s anxiety around health care providers and medical procedures in the future. Remind your child of the benefit: added protection against getting sick.

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