August is National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual observance held to highlight the importance of vaccinations for people of all ages, but especially vital for school age children as they return to in-person learning.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over the last year the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted both in-person learning and routine well-child visits. Many children have fallen behind on receiving their recommended immunizations. In fact, the CDC’s public sector vaccine data shows:

  • Total vaccinations dropped by 14% in 2020-2021 compared to 2019
  • Measles vaccination is down by more than 20 percent.

It is critically important that children receive immunizations appropriate for their age. Kids must get caught up now, so they are protected as they go back to in-person learning. Catch-up vaccinations will require efforts from healthcare systems, health care providers, schools, state and local governments, and families. If you have children 12 years of age or older, they could be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. This is the safest way to ensure that your child will hopefully not contract or spread the virus.

Vaccines Prevent Diseases in Adults Too
Just like students, adults in your workforce or member population should also be protected. Despite well-documented positive impact, adults are not receiving vaccinations at recommended times. That needs to change because low vaccination rates result in preventable diseases, deaths, disabilities, medical costs, and other losses. The CDC says adults need to keep their vaccinations up to date because immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. Plus, adults are at risk for different diseases than children.

To help, BioIQ offers a variety of at-home tests, immunizations, and vaccinations for health plans, government entities, and employers. BioIQ’s comprehensive immunization solution includes a high-quality, national network of pharmacists and sophisticated tools for coordinating and delivering the CDC’s recommended vaccinations to help keep people healthy.

Our health landscape is constantly changing. New COVID-19 variants, seasonal flu, and persistent colds and viruses are occurring. It is vital that students and adults stay vigilant and protected. We believe that all good healthcare begins with a test and, as we prepare to re-enter schools and workplaces, it is imperative that we do so with sound minds and bodies.

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