FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Chief Medical Officer United Healthcare Community Plan Dr. Arethusa Kirk says a pediatrician's central message still remains the same amid the COVID-19 pandemic; get vaccinated before returning to school.
"As children do go back into the schools, it’s really important they have the vaccines that are required to protect not only the child and their family but the rest of society from communicable diseases,” said Dr. Kirk.
Parents have deviated from taking their children to get vaccines in doctors' offices due to coronavirus worries.
“I am very much pro vaccine. But I’ve very much realized that there’s a shift that’s kind of happened where people are moving more holistically and not getting vaccines. There are children that are already in schools that are unvaccinated. And at a much higher rate,” said Fort Wayne Community Schools parent Carrie Miller.
Kirk says though fall season often equals the flu, United Healthcare doctors are focusing on the measles vaccination which she says has taken a back seat in the past couple months.
Kirk says she understands why parents shied away from the doctors' offices, but still ecourages them to provide their children with the scheduled vaccinations especially when running the risk of exposure to more children during the new school year.
Carrie Miller says most parents are trying to make adjustments along the way.
“We all do what’s best for our families. I do what’s best for my children to my beliefs and other parents do what’s best for them and at some point you’ve got to put it in the hands of God and know that we’ve tried,” said Miller.
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