The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a dramatic drop in immunization rates because parents fear exposure, according to a recent article in North Carolina Health News. This may result in skipping well-child visits and necessary vaccinations.
Amy Adams Ellis, NCDHHS public information specialist states: “Vaccinations protect everyone from dangerous and potentially deadly diseases, such as polio, tetanus and diphtheria. Well-child visits and immunizations continue to be important during this time. Families should contact their healthcare provider to discuss well-child visit options during this time and how to keep immunizations up to date.”
Individuals are encouraged to stay current with immunization schedules and maintain regular wellness visits. Call your healthcare provider today to discuss their safety practices and how they are making the clinic a safe space for wellness visits.
Those concerned about cost have several options for low or no-cost vaccines, including: Vaccines for Children program (919-707-5550), North Carolina’s Child Health Insurance Program (1-800-662-7030), Medicare (Apply through www.medicare.gov), NC Medicaid (1-800-662-7030) and https://www.vaccinateyourfamily.org/questions-about-vaccines/paying-for-vaccines/
Copies of Medicaid applications are available through the Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). For more information about vaccine appointments or to apply for Medicaid, call the HHSA at 828-452-6675.