Healthcare professionals asking parents to keep up with scheduled vaccines for children

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(WEHT)- Healthcare professionals are telling parents they should still get their child’s shots on schedule despite the coronavirus.

During the Indiana governor’s briefing Monday State Health Commissioner Doctor Kristina Box said vaccine rates were down by around 30%.

Deaconess hospital says it has implemented social distancing in their waiting rooms and encourages parents to bring their children in to get their needed vaccines.

“If we have alaps or a group of children, a large group of children, that goes unvaccinated, then our herd immunity will decline. That herd immunity protects from larger outbreaks. So if we don’t have that herd immunity, those outbreaks can become very significant,” Dr. Amanda Bohleber says.

Deaconess is asking that people wear masks when they arrive at the hospital and only one parent accompanies the child.

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(This story was originally published on May 12, 2020)

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