Back to Vaccines, Back to the Doctor!

Back to VaccinesThe Alabama Dept of Public Health (ADPH) is partnering with the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AL-AAP) to encourage parents/guardians to keep children's vaccinations up to date. Keeping children vaccinated is an important step toward ensuring their long term health.

Due to the national and statewide COVID-19 pandemic, many Alabama pediatric and family providers have experienced a drastic decrease in scheduled vaccination visits. Infants, toddlers, and teens across the state have experienced over 50% decline in the number of vaccines administered from March 1st to May 1st compared to 2019 rates. This has disproportionately impacted immunization coverage rates among individuals' ages 0-18 placing them at an increased risk of exposure to vaccine preventable diseases (VPD's) including pertussis, measles, mumps and others.

To avoid prolonged gaps in vaccination, we are encouraging parents/guardians to work with their providers to catch up on all childhood vaccines missed during the lockdown period. While we understand in this time of social distancing that many are concerned with leaving their homes, it is also important to remember that skipping vaccines and well visit checkups can put your child at risk. We want you to know that doctor's offices are open and safe.

Parents, are your child's vaccinations up to date?

Consult the catch-up immunization scheduler and check with your child's physician about getting back on track.

Media PSAs

News Release

Infant Vaccinations Video

Infant Radio Ad (mp3)

Toddler Vaccinations Video

Toddler Radio Ad (mp3)

Teen Vaccinations Video

Teen Radio Ad (mp3)

Message from Dr. Landers and Dr. Skinner (mp3)

Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics COVID-19 Guidance for Parents

Immunization Schedules and VIS's

Vaccines for Children Program

General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization

2020 Recommended Vaccinations for Infants and Children (birth through 6 years)

2020 Recommended Vaccinations for Children (7-18 years old)

MMR Vaccine Could Prevent Worst Symptoms of COVID-19

MMR Vaccine Could Protect Against the Worst Symptoms of COVID-19

Decline in Child Vaccination Coverage During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Pediatric Vaccine Ordering and Administration





Page last updated: July 24, 2020