With many people trying to stay home as much as possible, it can be hard to know whether it is worth it to make a trip to your child’s doctor for immunizations. However, experts say that keeping up with your child’s vaccinations is extremely important and should be made a priority even during COVID-19.
How does a visit to the pediatrician work during this time?
Telemedicine has become much more common within the last few months. It allows patients to speak face to face with their doctor over video call or by phone.
Telemedicine allows doctors to diagnose and, in some cases, even prescribe medication for certain health issues. This is especially helpful during this time because it may decrease or eliminate your need to go to the doctor’s office in person.
When it comes to vaccines, however, an in-person visit is needed. Because of the current situation, most doctor’s offices have created special procedures to keep you safe and healthy when coming into the doctor’s office. Be sure to follow the guidelines put in place in order to protect yourself and others.
How can I keep my child and myself safe at the doctor’s office?
You and the staff at your doctor’s office can work together to create a safe and healthy environment.
- You may need to have your temperature taken to screen for a fever before entering the doctor’s office.
- You should follow social distancing guidelines in waiting rooms, staying at least six feet away from other patients. You may even be able to wait in your car.
- Wear a mask. You can bring your own if you have one, but your doctor’s office will likely provide one for you as well.
- You and your child should wash your hands before and after your doctor’s visit and avoid touching your faces.
- Reschedule your appointment if anyone in your household is sick.
Although it can be tricky to figure out how to navigate this time when it comes to keeping your child’s vaccines up to date, you can rest assured that your doctor’s office is committed to keeping you and your family safe and healthy.