Routine Childhood Immunization in times of Coronavirus lockdown
As the number of Covid-19 cases rises worldwide, parents are trying to protect their children from the virus since children of all ages are susceptible, especially when it comes to children up to 5 years of age. Lockdowns and curfews have been imposed in almost every country in order to increase social distancing and decrease virus transmission. However, many parents are also concerned about the routine immunization of their children.
Should I go for routine immunization of my child?
Yes, it is important to keep the child’s vaccinations up-to-date to minimize the chance they’ll need medical treatment while the health system is attending to the pandemic. Having said that protecting your child from Covid-19 infection is the most important thing to do right now. Current lockdown is a temporary measure taken by the government and you can go on with the routine vaccination once the situation becomes normal.
My child’s immunisation is interrupted, do I need to start over?
If a child’s routine immunization is interrupted, it should be resumed as soon as possible (most of the vaccines have a catchup period). It is not necessary to repeat the schedule, regardless of the time interval from the previous incomplete schedule. You can also talk to your family doctor and get more advice instead of visiting clinics and hospitals in person.
Should I record my child’s growth along with vaccination and keep a record?
This is a brilliant idea, as a parent you should record the child’s growth at home. Measure your child’s height, weight and head circumference and record them. Compare them with normal values. More importantly, make sure your child is getting a balanced diet and adequate liquid.
Remember when the lockdown is over follow up with your doctor and give all the necessary vaccines to your child, because vaccines will protect your child by preventing them from contracting severe contagious diseases. Happy parenting 🙂