August is National Immunization Awareness Month :: Parents Reminded To Keep Up With Routine Immunizations For Children

Written by Eileen Eckardt

We’ve all heard so much about COVID-19 immunizations these past few months. Still, the Marathon County Health Department wants to remind parents of the importance of keeping up with their child’s routine immunizations.

While the pandemic has put a pause on many things, don’t let immunizations be one of them. Immunizations protect against certain diseases and help prevent outbreaks in children who cannot be immunized. 

Recommended immunizations for children from birth through 6 years old. For a full-size version of the chart, please click here. (Chart courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) notes that “Since the onset of the pandemic, a significant drop in well-child visits has resulted in delays in vaccinations.” The AAP advises that well-child exams with appropriate immunizations can continue safely despite the pandemic to keep kids up-to-date on their routine immunizations. Immunizations continue to be safe, effective and teach your child’s body how to fight off diseases.

To find out if your child needs any immunizations, call your child’s doctor or the Marathon County Health Department. In addition, parents can reference immunization records at any time through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry. For detailed instructions on how to access the registry, click here.

Recommended immunizations for children 7-18 years old. For a full-size version, click here. (Chart courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

Eileen-EckardtEileen Eckardt

Director of Family Health & Communicable Disease  |  Marathon County Health Department

Eileen Eckardt is the Director of Family Health & Communicable Disease at the Marathon County Health Department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She has a wide variety of nursing experience and appreciates working with the community in public health. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, walking, and riding her horse. Email Eileen Eckardt.

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