As the start of the upcoming school year approaches, Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) pediatricians are urging parents to take a proactive approach to getting back-to-school vaccinations. Students from preschoolers to college are required to receive specific vaccinations at different points during their educational experience.
Vaccinations are one of the most important forms of prevention. They can protect patients from illnesses, and are one of the best ways to control diseases that once threatened many lives.
During the pandemic, the fear of contracting COVID-19 has kept many patients from maintaining preventive care, including routine vaccinations for children.
“We cannot prevent COVID-19 at this point. However, we can prevent many diseases that are deadly,” explained PMC Pediatrician Aaronda Wells, MD. “Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is deadly to babies, in particular. It is also important to continue vaccinating for diseases, like flu and meningitis, which have plagued our community and claimed the lives of precious children in the past.”
She says it is essential for everyone’s safety that children are protected.
Vaccinations protect more than those receiving the immunization. They protect society as a whole, specifically those with underlying health conditions who are considered at-risk.
Many childhood vaccinations include Polio, DTap (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis), MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rebella), Hepatitis B, HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and Chickenpox.
Pediatricians at the PMC Pediatric Clinic are accepting new patients.
To schedule an appointment, visit our Pediatric pages or call 606-218-2207.