Doctors urge parents to continue vaccinating children

Parents are putting off visits, trying to keep their kids safe. However, some doctors say this could be doing the exact opposite of what they are trying to achieve.

Posted: May 21, 2020 7:01 PM
Updated: May 22, 2020 1:15 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Some parents have been putting off doctors’ visits and vaccinations for their children during the pandemic, hoping to keep them safe.

However, some doctors say this could be doing the exact opposite of what they are trying to achieve.

Doctors said the illnesses these vaccines are preventing can be more serious and potentially deadly for children than COVID-19.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has seen a very concerning drop in the number of children who are being vaccinated across the country.

Dr. Pilar Bradshaw with Eugene Pediatrics Associates said there has been a 50 to 70 percent drop in vaccines for illnesses like the measles and whooping cough nationwide.

At Eugene Pediatrics Associates specifically they have seen a 20 percent drop.

Bradshaw said although she understands parents’ concerns, this trend they have been seeing is concerning.

"Vaccine communicable diseases do not care if there is a pandemic. They are still an issue and Oregon is one of the least immunized states, so for us it's a big concern," Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw said if parents are concerned, they should call their provider to see what measures have been put into place to keep everyone safe.

Without vaccines, the possibility is very real that your child could get a potentially life-threatening illness, Bradshaw said.

She also wants to remind parents whose children are usually in school that not vaccinating them could prevent them from participating in certain activities.

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