Dubuque County Youth Vaccination Rates Low
As reported in today's issue of the Telegraph Herald, youth COVID-19 vaccination rates remain low in Dubuque County as the new school year approaches. This trend is a concern to the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team because it could lead to a surge in new cases when school resumes in several weeks.
The COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for all children ages 6 months and older. Getting children vaccinated against COVID-19 protects them from getting really sick and allows them to attend childcare, school, visits to grandparents, and other activities safely.
Just like adults, children and teens of all ages can:
- Get very sick from COVID-19
- Have both short and long-term health problems
- Spread COVID-19 to others
Children who are vaccinated get protection without risking additional illness from the effects of COVID-19. As a parent or caregiver, protect your child and gain a sense for comfort by getting them vaccinated.
If you have questions about getting your child vaccinated, please talk to your pediatrician or health care provider. For a list of vaccination providers and upcoming walk-in vaccination clinics, visit www.dubuquecountyiowa.gov/sleevesup Click on the image below to view a two-page flyer with more information.