Childhood vaccinations plummeted after COVID-19 was declared a national emergency. The New York Times reported that the administration of measles, mumps and rubella shots dropped by 50% between the week of February 16 (pre-COVID-19) and the week of April 5; diphtheria and whooping cough shots dropped by 42% and human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines by 73% during the same period.

Seattle Children’s is participating in a public education campaign by the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) to encourage people to get care when they need it, including well-child checks and vaccinations for children.

Flyers promoting childhood vaccinations are available from the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (WCAAP) for printing and sharing with families:

WCAAP also offers customizable flyers in multiple languages:

Please help us remind families that if their child needs emergency or urgent care, not to delay taking them to the Emergency Department (ED) or urgent care.  Delaying care for potentially serious concerns can put their child at risk for more severe complications. Seattle Children’s ED and urgent care clinics are open and have capacity.