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Delayed Vaccine Schedule Contributes to Resurgence of Preventable Illnesses

Delayed Vaccine Schedule Contributes to Resurgence of Preventable Illnesses

Delayed Vaccine Schedule Contributes to Resurgence of Preventable Illnesses

In 2018, the U.S. began to see a resurgence fo once eradicated illnesses like chicken-pox and measles. These vaccine-preventable diseases cropped up more commonly in areas with fewer immunized children. Parents who choose not to immunize their children may be in the minority, however, another one-third of parents are choosing to delay vaccination. Instead, they are following their own timeline.

A study published in Pediatrics magazine found parents based their decision to delay vaccination on their own research versus their doctor’s recommendations. As a result, the United States is seeing a return of diseases that had once been eradicated in this country. 

Delaying vaccination opens children to preventable diseases when they are most susceptible to the negative impact of those diseases. 

We encourage open communication with our doctor and nurse practitioners about your concerns around the recommended vaccine schedule. Your provider can guide you to additional reputable resources and help you make the best choices to protect your child and your family. We support childhood vaccinations and the recommended schedule, but medicine should always be a two-way conversation. Your concerns are important to us. 

Our clinic offers the full schedule of childhood vaccines for children covered by Medicaid including kindergarten vaccines. Please call us for an appointment for your child’s well-child visit, concerns about your child’s health, and to schedule vaccines.

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