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How can kids get vaccinations during COVID-19?

With primary care clinic hours and operations changing due to coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be wondering: Can my child still get immunizations?

The answer to that question is yes. At Children’s Minnesota, we recommend every child continues to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines for immunizations, even if the process looks a little different because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“It is critical for children to stay current on their vaccinations, especially during this global pandemic,” says Dr. Gigi Chawla, chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota. “We want to keep your child healthy and to avoid preventable diseases like measles.”

Can my family keep up with well-child check-ups?

“[It’s important to] understand that seeking health care is an essential service. Especially when it comes to ill visits. But it’s also an essential service when it comes to well and well-child care.”

From well-child check-ups to critical immunizations to ill visits, Dr. Chawla shared more about how families can maintain their children’s health during the COVID-19 outbreak. Watch the WCCO segment below:

How is Children’s Minnesota providing immunizations?

You can call to make an appointment for immunizations at any of our 12 primary care clinics. Children can visit a Children’s Minnesota clinic for their regularly scheduled well-child check-ups in addition to receiving critical immunizations in the clinic.

For the safety of our patients and staff, Children’s Minnesota Drive-Up Care will no longer be offered beginning on Nov. 27, 2020, due to winter weather.

What immunizations does my child need?

In addition to their annual influenza (flu) vaccination, here’s what critical immunizations your child may need this year:

4- to 5-year-old patients

To learn more about COVID-19, please visit childrensmn.org/COVID19.