Even during COVID-19, don't skip your child's shots

A little girl giving her teddy bear a checkup.

Families are rightly focused on staying healthy during the pandemic. But health experts have an important reminder for parents: COVID-19 prevention shouldn't mean skipping your child's vaccines.

Vaccines help protect kids of all ages from serious diseases, like whooping cough and measles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get many of their shots by age 2.

Despite that recommendation, it seems that fewer kids have been getting their shots during the coronavirus crisis. 

Schedule your child's shots

Doctors' offices are taking steps to keep their patients safe during checkups and vaccine visits. If you think you may have fallen behind on your child's shots, talk to their doctor. They can fill you in on vaccine recommendations for your child.

Here are some shots that kids of different ages may need.

Infants and toddlers (birth to age 2 years)

  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis).
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella).
  • Chickenpox.
  • Pneumonia.
  • Hepatitis A and B.
  • Polio.

Preschoolers and school-aged kids (ages 3 to 10)

  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis).
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella).
  • Chickenpox.
  • Polio.

Preteens and teens (ages 11 through 18)

  • HPV.
  • Meningitis.
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis).

Want more information about COVID-19? Visit our Coronavirus health topic center.

Reviewed 10/21/2020

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