Just as our cities and states are reopening in phases, each of us has a unique view on the so-called return to normal. For some people, it’s been a welcome relief to get a haircut or eat at a restaurant. For others, it’s causing worry about what will happen next. For parents, it can be stressful as you wonder about overdue doctor visits and shots.
Concerned about going to the doctor? Give them a call.
Even though it still might seem unsafe to take your child to the doctor unless they’re really sick or hurt, getting vaccines, or shots, on time can help strengthen your child’s immune system and prevent many illnesses. Now is the time to check in with your doctor. Now you can find safe ways to get your child back on schedule with their well visits and shots.
Staying safe when it’s time to go out.
Doctors’ offices are taking every precaution to prevent illness from spreading. Ask the office staff about special hours for well visits. You can also ask if telehealth could be an option.
When you do go out, here are a few things you can do to help you and others stay safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you:
- Wear a cloth face covering if you are older than 2 years of age.
- Wash your hands often.
- Keep at least 6 feet between you and other people. This does not include your health care team.
- Call ahead if your child has a fever or is showing other signs of illness.
Due for a vaccine? Here’s the schedule.
The CDC recommends certain vaccines for certain ages. Talk with your child’s doctor about when to schedule vaccines using these charts as a guide:
It’s OK to be concerned. Give the doctor a call. Together, you can work out a checkup schedule that’s best for you and your child. If you’re a member, check your ID card or log in to your secure online account to find your doctor’s contact information.