If you have children, you might be reluctant to take them to a physician’s office during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s essential for kids to continue benefiting from well-child visits, vaccinations and other medical care they need.
In recent months, the number of children receiving routine vaccinations for preventable illnesses such as measles and whooping cough has dropped significantly.
A report released in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that health care providers administered 400,000 fewer non-influenza vaccines between March 13 and April 13 than they did during the same period in 2019.
In South Carolina, the number of childhood vaccine doses administered was down 35 percent in April and 21 percent in March compared to 2019, according to South Carolina DHEC.
That decline is cause for serious concern, says Dr. Jill Aiken, a pediatrician with Tidelands Health Pediatrics on Holmestown Road in Myrtle Beach, because timely vaccinations and well-child visits are a cornerstone of pediatric health.