FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- About one-third of students in Allen County are behind on their routine vaccines for school, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
In the state of Indiana overall, only a quarter of students are behind.
The pandemic last year likely played a role.
“With providers offices closing and all those other various factors during the pandemic, children have just fallen severely behind,” Torriaun Everett, Vice President of Health Plan Operations at MDwise, said.
Connie Heflin with Super Shot in Fort Wayne said people didn’t want to risk catching COVID-19 even if offices were open.
“There was a lot of fear from parents because of the stay at home orders, there was a lot of kids that were doing school remotely,” she said.
She said schools weren’t pushing check ups or sports physicals because of that.
“Normally they get their immunizations at that annual visit, and they didn’t go for that annual visit,” Heflin said.
Some of the required shots include MMR, chicken pox, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.
Heflin said safety is a priority, especially now with the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
“It protects the children and it really protects the whole community,” she said.
Plus these are preventable, and if not treated, can be a problem.
“All diseases that can spread to other children and just cause a bigger issue,” Everett said.
Heflin says when you make an appointment for a shot it’s crucial to bring your child’s vaccination records.
“We all document shots that are given in the state registry, but we want to double check that and make sure we’re not over-vaccinating and we’re providing exactly what the child needs,” she said.
Parents can make appointments at Super Shot on Tuesdays and Thursdays for routine vaccines.
Super Shot is hosting a Back on Track vaccination event on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29 for kids to get their vaccines.
Details on this event can be found here.
Information on other clinics hosted by Super Shot can be found here.