Verywell Health magazine recently published “Sharp Decline in Immunization Rates Warrants Cause for Concern,” and it was my pleasure to be interviewed on this important topic. In May 2020, a CDC report revealed a troubling drop in immunization rates for children, largely due to parental concerns about bringing their children into healthcare facilities due to COVID-19.

While these concerns are valid, read on to learn why I think vaccinations are important as well as the precautions my practice is taking during the pandemic.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Measles outbreaks have happened periodically over the past few years, so that’s a concern for many pediatricians as immunization rates see this sharp decline. But it’s not just measles they are worried about.

“The administration of routine vaccines, such as measles, mumps and rubella, whooping cough, amongst others, are incredibly important for the health of your child and the communities we live in,” explained Dr. Savita Ginde, MD, a family planning expert and Chief Healthcare Officer at Stride Community Health Center, in an interview.

“We’ve worked too hard to keep vaccine-preventable illnesses at bay to let this happen,” Dr. Ginde added. “I can’t stress enough how important it is to have your children vaccinated.”

Read the full article here »