Fri Sep 10th, 2021
San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) joins public health agencies, health care providers, schools, parents, and partner organizations across the state to call on parents and guardians to keep vaccine-preventable diseases out of Colorado. In order to support in-person learning for students, SJBPH also encourages all who are eligible to receive the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
“Staying up-to-date on existing vaccinations is critical during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Liane Jollon, SJBPH Executive Director. “The last thing we want is another outbreak, especially when it’s easily preventable. Let’s keep our focus on slowing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring the healthcare system isn’t bogged down treating preventable diseases.”
Data for the 2020-2021 school year show decreases in both school and childcare vaccination rates in children and teens during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Doctor’s offices have taken tremendous precautions to help keep patients safe during visits and it’s important to resume them, as it’s critical to keep children up to date on all recommended vaccinations,” Jollon said. “Missing routine health check-ups may also put children at risk for health issues. Well visits are a chance to talk with your child’s provider about questions and concerns related to your child’s health.”
Vaccines are a safe and effective tool for preventing dangerous diseases. Worldwide, vaccines save 2.5 million children’s lives each year. Immunizations prevent unnecessary illness and hospitalization, especially for those most vulnerable such as young children with asthma, cancer or other high-risk health conditions. For more information about the safety of vaccines see: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/index.html.