Disruption of immunization services, even for brief periods, will result in increased numbers of susceptible individuals and raise the likelihood of outbreak-prone vaccine preventable diseases such as measles.World Health Organization (2020)
Why It Matters
“Due to the global circulation of the virus causing COVID-19 and the current pandemic, there is risk of disruption to routine immunization activities due to both COVID-19 related burden on the health system and decreased demand for vaccination because of physical distancing requirements or community reluctance” (World Health Organization, 2020). As a front-line provider of health care to the youngest among us, you can make a difference in whether immunizations are administered on time. You can save lives by helping to prevent the spread of a number of contagious and debilitating diseases, such as measles and pertussis, even during a pandemic.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. (2020). Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for ages 18 years or younger, United States, 2020.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Provider Information.
Texas Health Steps. (2018). Periodicity Schedule.
World Health Organization. (2020). Guiding principles for immunization activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.