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Pediatricians urging parents to gets kids updated on vaccinations ahead of school

Pediatricians urge parents to get updated on vaccinations
Posted at 5:28 AM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 08:21:30-04

Pediatricians across the nation are worried kids are not being vaccinated ahead of school.

They said the Coronavirus has put many parents on edge and they worry that, not only will kids potentially be exposed to Covid-19, but other illnesses like measles and whooping -cough.

Dr. Lauren Bailey, a pediatrician with Lourdes Physician Group, said people are starting to realize that COVID is not going away anytime soon.

She said, at least their office, they are seeing people play "catch up" with vaccinations.

Bailey said now is the time to make that appointment and get your kid's vaccinations up to date.

"Since a lot of people have delayed vaccines because they didn't want to get out and go to the doctor and things like that--are we going to see whooping-cough, mumps, are we going to have another measles outbreak in a month or two," Bailey questioned. "Getting your kids protected while you can, before any of that happens, is a good idea."

Bailey added that there are polices in place to protect every patient that walks through their doors.

Some of those include having people remain outside until it is time for the appointment, temperature checks, and requiring masks.

More Information:
While Louisiana has vaccination requirements for children going to school or a daycare, these requirements can be waived.

The child's parent has to request an exemption, provide the child's name, date of birth, and state the decision for exempting the child. This will be given to the daycare operator or school principal each year.

For more information on immunizations you can click on the links below:

https://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/2846
https://ldh.la.gov/assets/oph/Center-PHCH/Center-PH/immunizations/Imm_Schedule.pdf