As you check off the list of back-to-school items for your child, be sure to remember routine vaccines and an annual health wellness check.
Tidelands Health Pediatrics at Holmestown Road in Myrtle Beach has seen an influx of parents bringing in children for wellness visits – many for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began more than two years ago. Nationally, U.S. childhood immunization rates have dropped the past two years, leaving tens of thousands of children unprotected against certain vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough, measles, mumps and more, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Regular wellness checks and routine vaccines for viruses took a backseat for some parents amid concerns about COVID-19 and the need to adjust to remote learning during the past two years,” said Dr. Lucretia Carter, pediatric medical director at Tidelands Health. “Now that we are settling into our new normal, parents are again paying more attention to regular wellness visits for their children and getting them updated on all vaccines that may have been overlooked during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.”