THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS recommends that parents keep immunizations current during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, most children in the United States lead much healthier lives and parents live with much less anxiety and worry over infections during childhood. Immunizations are one of the success stories of modern medicine.
WHY GET VACCINATED?
Vaccines are still very important. Thanks to better nutrition, less crowded living conditions, antibiotics, and most importantly, vaccines, many diseases do not occur or spread as much as they once did, but the bacteria and viruses that are responsible for these diseases remain in our environment. Immunizations are still needed to protect children from these diseases.
Daniel Fraschetti, D.O., Morongo Basin Community Health Center Director of Pediatrics, recommends children from birth to two years of age receive their immunizations as per the guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Timely immunizations during the early years helps young children build important defenses against these diseases for a lifetime.
Delaying vaccines only leaves a child at risk of disease for a longer period of time - it does not make vaccinating safer. There is no alternative if you want the optimal protection for your child.
The ability to prevent suffering is one of the things most important to pediatricians. We protect our most vulnerable children from the real threat that these diseases pose. The science is overwhelming that vaccines are safe and effective.
Additionally, if your child starts kindergarten or seventh grade this year, California law requires proof of current immunizations before school begins.
The following link provides an overview of recommended immunizations and appropriate age.
Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth through 6 years of age (link)
MAKE A "WELL-CHILD" VISIT - 760-365-9305
Morongo Basin Community Health Center schedules only Well-Child appointments in the mornings and Sick-Child appointments in the afternoons.
Right now is a great time to make a well-child appointment for your child where our doctors Daniel Fraschetti, D.O. and Alan Shih, M.D. will update your child’s immunizations. They also can provide back to school and sports physicals if needed.
Morongo Basin Community Health Center accepts Medi-Cal, I.E.H.P. and most private insurances.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VACCINATIONS (links to the American Academy of Pediatricians)
Morongo Basin Healthcare District seeks to improve the health and wellness of Basin residents through making healthcare more accessible and through education opportunities.
The Morongo Basin Community Health Center provides pediatric care at locations in 29 Palms and Yucca Valley.
During the COVID-19 pandemic with its isolation restrictions, please know that your child's safety is our first concern.
Well-Child appointments are scheduled in the mornings. Sick-Child appointments are scheduled in the afternoons. Everyone is screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the clinic.
To make an appointment, call 760-365-9305
During the coronavirus outbreak, our clinics are offering phone appointments and/or an interactive, face-to-face online "patient visit" with our medical providers, available through a cell phone or other electronic devices. Please ask about options when you call.
And, our Patient Portal allows patients to obtain lab results, book appointments, track and reorder medications, and exchange messages with their medical provider.
We are here for you and just a phone call away! 760-365-9305