How To Stay Calm When Going Out For Your Child's Scheduled BakunaDon't let your anxiety stop you from prioritizing your child's immunization.CREATED WITH GLAXOSMITHKLINE PHILIPPINES, INC
The current pandemic has shown us that prevention is indeed better than a cure when it comes to diseases.
For something like COVID-19, that means avoiding exposure to the virus through proper handwashing, staying at home, social distancing, and wearing face masks, face shields, and other protective gear. Meanwhile, for more familiar diseases like polio, rotavirus diarrhea, and the flu, one of the important preventive measures is vaccination.
Vaccines are necessary to boost your child’s immune system and protect them from preventable diseases and health complications. But the current health crisis has made it difficult for many people to access them.
The World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund1 warn of a decline in vaccinations all around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. This makes it easier for other diseases to spread. Thus, getting your children vaccinated is more important than ever.
Of course, it’s completely natural to be worried about going out for your child’s scheduled vaccines. Still, there are many things you can do to ease your anxieties and better prepare yourself and your child for your visit to the doctor.
Make sure to schedule your visit
Be prepared when going out to visit the doctor. Ask your pediatrician for the appropriate place to go to, or if they can refer you to another health facility2 to help ease your worries when going out for your child’s scheduled bakuna.
Many of these places require scheduled visits for non-emergency patients, so be sure to book an appointment ahead of time.
Know the safety procedures before leaving the house
Days before your visit, call the clinic or health facility and ask about their safety protocols. These can include temperature checks at the entrance, testing schedules for doctors and nurses, steady foot traffic, thorough cleanups after each appointment, and limited visitors.
Knowing these things ahead of time will prepare you mentally before going out. It will also help you stay calm and collected because you already know the facility’s procedures, which staff members will implement during your scheduled visit.
Carry your own hygiene kit
Concerned about touching communal sanitizer dispensers? Prepare personal hygiene kits for you and your child. These kits should include a hand sanitizer with at least 60-percent alcohol3 and extra masks. Having these kits on hand will help you feel more protected and prepared for the appointment.
Continue following social distancing guidelines
Always remember to follow social distancing guidelines4 before, during, and after your child’s vaccination. This includes wearing a mask and face shield when you go out.
Also, avoid contact with people who are suspected or confirmed for COVID-19. Make sure you also inform your doctor if you, your child, or anyone else in your household is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
According to experts2 from the Philippine Pediatric Society and Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines, only children and their caregivers who are well and cleared from symptoms must be allowed to go to the health facility for immunization appointments.
We all must protect our families and our communities from preventable diseases. And vaccines play a big part in fulfilling that responsibility.
If you have any concerns, consult your pediatrician about your options during the pandemic. As the two of you create your child’s catch-up vaccination plan, just remember, ang i-una, bakuna.
- "WHO and UNICEF warn of a decline in vaccinations during COVID-19," World Health Organization (last accessed October 12, 2020)
- Vaccination During the COVID-19 Pandemic: PPS and PIDSP Recommendations, Philippine Pediatric Society (last accessed October 12, 2020)
- Frequent Questions About Hand Hygiene, Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (last accessed October 12, 2020)
- Social Distancing, Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (last accessed October 12, 2020)
For more information, consult your doctor.
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