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Doctors urging parents to keep up with child's routine vaccinations amid pandemic

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"Because of the pandemic, people have been reluctant to visit the healthcare areas, they need to make sure their routine care is taken care of," infectious disease expert Dr. Richard Lampe said.

COVID-19 may be on parents minds, but pediatricians are worried that fear of the new virus, could cause a resurgence of diseases mostly eradicated by modern medicine.


"There's a risk that if vaccines are either delayed or skipped, that we may never catch those kids up on their vaccines," Lubbock pediatrician Dr. Robert Couch said. 


There are contingency plans if that happens. But vaccines are usually administered on a tight schedule.

"The standard one is to get a series of vaccines at 2 months of age, 4 months, 6 months, and then again at a year of age," Dr. Lampe explained. 


Usually, when the child is most at-risk for serious complications associated with each vaccine-preventable illness, like whooping cough, diphtheria, and more.  

"There's so many things we feel like we don't have much control over, I think, parents can feel confident that this is a situation that they can control," Dr. Couch said.


Doctors want to assure parents who may be concerned about the risk of exposure to COVID-19 at a visit to the doctor's office, that they are confident it is a clean and safe environment, and worthwhile to come in.


"The people who greet them are wearing masks, all the areas are cleaned, we expect the parents to wear masks," Dr. Lampe said. 


"Families can wait in their car, in fact, we encourage them to be there, not the waiting room," Dr. Couch said.


The vaccines are not just for the safety of the children but also for the entire community. 


"When we get above 5% unvaccinated for a particular condition, we start to feel nervous," Dr. Couch said.  


Some infectious disease experts believe Texas is already at risk for a measles outbreak. A disease they believe is even more contagious than COVID-19. 

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