SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 12, 2021 / PRNewswire / – As in-person instruction resumes in the state, the California Immunization Coalition (CIC) is urging parents and caregivers to ensure students are aware of their vaccinations for children. This follows a recent statement from the Immunization Branch of the California Department of Public Health asking that pediatric patients catch up on their immunization schedules when schools and summer programs reopen.
“Medical offices are open and ready to take care of you and your children safely. We want to make sure that all parents and others caring for children know that they need to take action now to make sure their student is aware of this. the required and recommended vaccinations, “said Catherine Flores Martin, executive director of CIC.” Waiting to schedule vaccination appointments can lead to backlogs in doctor’s offices, delays in confirming enrollment, and worse, leaving children unprotected from serious illness. “
California law requires students K-12 to be aware of their vaccines as a condition of enrollment. Data from the California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) shows a disturbing drop in vaccination coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic and missed visits to a good child. In 2020, compared to 2019, an estimated 12% fewer children under 3 years of age received their first measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, 19% fewer children aged 4-6 years received their second MMR vaccine and 20% fewer adolescents ages 11-13 received their Tdap booster.
Healthcare providers and health officials in California are concerned that the state could face outbreaks of diseases such as measles, whooping cough and meningitis if children and adolescents are not protected by recommended and required immunizations. Health care providers also remind parents that vaccines are most effective in preventing disease when administered in a timely manner, according to vaccination schedules as determined by the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
“While vaccinations are required for school enrollment, we vaccinate children and adolescents based on scientific guidelines and timelines to protect their health – not just because they are required by law,” said Randy Bergen, MD, pediatrician and chair of the CIC. “Last year we saw lower rates of disease in the community because kids weren’t in school together, so we need to make sure they know about their vaccines. The last thing we need when kids are finally back in class is that they sidelined them again by outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. “
California students admitted to TK / K-12 need1:
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough (DTaP, DTP, Tdap or Td) – 5 doses (4 doses OK if given on or after 4th birthday. 3 doses OK if given on or after 7th birthday.) Before 7th birthday. For 12th graders, at least 1 dose of whooping cough-containing vaccine is required on or after the 7th birthday. Polio (OPV or IPV) – 4 doses (3 doses OK if one was given on or after the 4th birthday) Hepatitis B – 3 doses (not required for Group 7 enrollment) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) – 2 doses (both given on or after the 1st birthday) Varicella (Chickenpox) – 2 doses
In addition, the University of California and California State University recently announced that they will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff on campus this fall. The requirement will go into effect early in the Fall 2021 term, subject to full FDA approval and available supplies.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their pediatrician or clinics to find out what measures they have taken to protect visiting patients and to schedule vaccines for their child as soon as possible.
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About the California Immunization Coalition
The California Immunization Coalition (CIC) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit public-private partnership dedicated to achieving and maintaining complete immunization protection for all Californians to promote health and prevent serious illness, disability, and death . For more information, visit immunizeca.org and follow CIC on social media @ImmunizeCA.
SOURCE California Immunization Coalition