Children still should get all their vaccines on schedule. Skipping vaccines could put them at risk for diseases that vaccines can prevent, such as measles and whooping cough. These illnesses have made a comeback, possibly because some kids are not getting their vaccinations. As communities and schools reopen, children are exposed to these germs when in public. Those who aren’t protected by vaccines will be more likely to get infected. Kids with an infection may have a harder time getting better if they also get COVID-19.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, Rhode Island Chapter wants families to know that pediatricians’ offices are open, safe, and ready to see children for well-child visits, vaccinations, and other children’s health issues.

Call your pediatrician with any questions you may have, and make an appointment.