As many children head back to school (either on-campus or virtually), it’s important for parents to stay on schedule with their child’s annual check-ups and immunizations. Dr. Manish Bajracharya, Pediatrix-affiliated pediatric intensivist at Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Fla., says well-child checks are down due to the pandemic. “As we all know, because of COVID, there’s a disruption in our lifestyle, including well-child checks,” said Dr. Bajracharya. “That means immunizations that need to be given to kids have been disrupted because of fear both on our part and also on parents.” He notes the important role immunizations play in preventing outbreaks of other vaccine-preventable diseases. “One of the things we have to remember is immunization is not just for us, it’s for our community, especially for the kids who are vulnerable and can’t take the immunization themselves.”

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