Public Health: Take Children to Doctor Appointments

The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) and Kittitas County Medical Providers want to remind caregivers to continue to take children in for routine medical visits, which include administration of scheduled vaccine.  The Washington State Department of Health’s data shows a 30% drop in vaccines during the month of March.  According to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), the number of immunizations given to children dropping during the COIVD-19 pandemic leaves children and communities at risk.

Medical providers are prepared to see patients while preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Please contact your healthcare provider and schedule appointments for your children.  If you have missed a visit, please call and reschedule.

According to the DOH, “We are concerned that children aren’t getting all the vaccines they need to protect them. Slowing or stopping access to immunizations increases the risk that we could see an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease. Adding more outbreaks on top of COVID-19 not only would put more people’s health at risk, it also could overload the health care system.”

“If you are concerned about bringing in your child, please contact your healthcare office,” states local provider Dr. Merrill-Steskal.  “Your healthcare provider is happy to discuss with you safety measures in place, so that you are informed prior to coming in for an appointment.”

If you have questions about your health, please contact your healthcare provider or you can call the KVH COVID Clinic at 509-933-8850.  General questions can be answered via the Emergency Operation Center at 509-933-8315 or 509-933-8305 Monday through Friday.  Information is available via the county website and the Kittitas County Public Health Department Facebook page.