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Tulsa Health Department concerns and reminders for your children

Posted at 4:49 AM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 07:14:36-04

TULSA, Okla. — Job loss, unemployment, and feeding families has been a top priority to most adults during this stressful time.

But, the Tulsa Health Department wants to remind parents to continue child immunizations on schedule because falling behind could affect your child's immune system response to deadly diseases and more.

A Tulsa Health Department nurse says the immunization schedules are created, based on your child's exposure to particular diseases.

If missed, that exposure could lead to life threatening illnesses.

Getting immunizations on schedule to help your child's immune system stay prepared against certain diseases as they grow up to be young adults.

The Tulsa Health Department says children with no immunizations are at risk of highly contagious diseases such as chicken pox, measles, and mumps.

Which can make them more vulnerable to the coronavirus.

A new Tulsa mom who just celebrated her sons first birthday tells 2 Works for You with everything happening in the world, and in Oklahoma, taking your child to the grocery store can now be risky.

So, she makes sure her family stays on schedule, taking all the precautions necessary to stay safe.

“We want to protect our child and our family," Joani Dotson said. "But we are also thinking about protecting other children and adults in the community who we come in contact with who may not have that same level of protection if they aren’t able to get vaccinated.”

The Tulsa Health Department has made special modifications to clinical services, making sure anyone can continue to visit for services like immunizations or other concerns.

For more information on immunizations and health risks, or where you can go if you need to get up to date on vaccines during this time click here.

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