Crying kid, emotional sceneAlsan Bellard Jr., M.D., the medical director of the Children’s Health Center at THEARC shared in the Rise and Shine newsletter that while the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is far from over, things are slowly starting to open up across the country. But many parents are still feeling anxious about resuming normal activities and are postponing things like vacations, shopping trips, playdates, and even visits to the doctor. And, while it’s okay to skip vacations and playdates, medical visits are not something that should be avoided.

It’s more important now than ever to take steps to ensure that our children remain strong and healthy to keep their immune systems intact. This helps to protect them not only from the coronavirus pandemic but also from the multitude of other viral and bacterial infections that existed in our community well before this pandemic began.

Over the past several months, there has been a significant drop in childhood vaccination rates, which is not good at all. Timely vaccination is a cornerstone of good pediatric health and infectious disease prevention.

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