Now is the time to catch up on missed immunizations
Many adolescents have missed annual well visits and immunizations in the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC recommends annual visits to the doctor for adolescents and young adults as many time-sensitive screenings and immunizations are given during these visits. But missed visits have resulted in a 20% decline in recommended adolescent vaccinations. The decline in recommended vaccination rates leaves teens susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases.
Now is the time to catch up on missed vaccinations. Vaccines are needed to safely return to school for in-person learning or to participate in other activities, such as sports and summer camps. Now that adolescents ages 12 and up are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, they can also get that at the same time.
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Take steps now
Schedule a well visit
If you or your adolescent missed a well visit in the last year due to the pandemic, schedule one now. These visits are important to keep your teen healthy.
Stay up to date on vaccines
Recommended vaccines may be needed to return to in-person learning, sports, camp and other activities.
Visit your healthcare professional - it's safe
Some parents are worried about the safety of going to a doctor’s office, pharmacy or clinic during the pandemic. Physician offices, clinics and pharmacies have put safety measures in place, including mask-wearing, social distancing, regular sanitizing, etc. Contact your doctor or pharmacy to learn about the safety measures in place.
If you are a healthcare provider, contact parents of adolescents and encourage them to come in for well visits and vaccinations. Here are resources you can use and customize to reach out to parents of adolescents to ask them to schedule an appointment.
Don't Wait. Vaccinate. Social Media
Here are graphics, posts and a Facebook frame you can use to share your support for the campaign!
Use the hashtag #DontWaitVaccinate to spread the word.
We’re part of @UnityConsortium’s “Don’t Wait. Vaccinate” campaign! Adolescents need their routine vaccinations and COVID-19 vaccine to safely go back to school! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3e0KY98 #dontwaitvaccinate
Doctor’s visits 👨⚕️ have decreased dramatically during the pandemic. But your health can’t wait – your health care provider has safety measures in place so schedule your adolescent’s appointment today! @UnityConsortium #dontwaitvaccinate
Use our Facebook frame to show support for adolescent and young adult vaccinations!
How to do this:
Option 1: Make sure you're signed into Facebook and then click on this link! You will directly be taken to the frame page where you can add it to your profile pictures!
Option 2: Click "edit" on your profile picture and choose "add frame". In the search bar type in "UnityDontWaitFrame", and then you can add it on top of your profile picture!
Infographics and Posters
Below are infographics and posters for use in your newsletters, websites, and other social/digital communications. Share digitally or print for use as posters or flyers.
Posters / Flyers
Click on the image to download!
Hear about dialing up the urgency to catch up on recommended adolescent vaccines, and embracing vaccines to protect against COVID-19.
Moderated by Dr. Chelsea Clinton, panelists provide multiple perspectives: healthcare provider, health advocate, high school principal, and teenager.
Watch a full recording of the webinar here!