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Posted on: June 25, 2020

Children Still Need their Check-ups and Vaccinations

Baby getting an immunization

Jefferson County, Colo. — While our community works to slow the spread of COVID-19, many families have been hesitant to seek check-ups and vaccinations for their children. But it’s more important than ever to get preventive care for your little ones, especially for children under 2 years of age and for children with special health care needs. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) encourages parents and caregivers to make appointments for any well visits or immunizations you may have missed.

According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in May 2020, there has been a notable decline in childhood influenza vaccines and measles-containing vaccines since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. While it was critical to stay at home during those early months when rates of the virus were very high, JCPH’s clinic — as well as many other pediatric and family practice offices — are now open, implementing safety protocols and ready to care for your children.

“As our community opens up, it’s so important for parents to work with their child’s health care provider to make sure they stay up-to-date on routine visits and vaccines,” said Gwyn Rodman-Rice, RN, MPH, Public Health Nurse Supervisor at JCPH. “When kiddos miss this routine care, they are at risk for a number of health issues, including dangerous preventable diseases like measles and pertussis.”

If you are concerned about taking your child to a health care provider’s office, here are some tips for safely seeking care during this time:

  • Contact your child’s health care provider to see what precautions their office is taking to help keep clients safe.
  • When you make an appointment, ask whether face coverings will be provided for you and your child, or if you need to use your own. Face coverings are recommended for anyone over age 3 when going out in public.
  • If your child’s provider is not currently seeing children for well visits and/or vaccinations, ask about alternative plans to get your child immunized, such as by visiting your local health department.
  • Let one parent or caregiver take your child to the visit, and do not bring along other parents or children.
  • While at your visit, continue to follow public health guidance: stay 6 ft. away from other patients, wear a face covering and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before and after your visit.

“We get it — it is very understandable to be a bit nervous about going back to a health care provider’s office during this time,” Rodman-Rice said. “At JCPH, we want our families to know that health and safety is always the most important thing for providers, even before this virus hit, and we are working very hard to make sure our spaces are safe for the families we serve.”

The JCPH clinic located at 645 Parfet Street in Lakewood is open and accepting clients for immunizations by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call 303-239-7078. We screen all visitors before entering for symptoms of COVID-19 and stagger appointments to ensure social distancing is followed while at our clinic.

To learn more, visit covid19.colorado.gov/well-child.

About Jefferson County Public Health

Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.

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