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Posted on: September 30, 2020

COVID-10 UPDATE: Skipping flu shots for children is dangerous, health experts say


Many parents are planning to skip flu shots for children despite warnings from experts, and public health experts have warned that it’s especially important to get a flu shot this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. That and more in the Wayne County Report for September 30, 2020.

A new poll suggests one in three said they plan to skip the flu shot for their children. 

“When we add influenza to COVID-19, now we’re really putting a strain on our health care system, so we want to minimize the influenza part of that as much as we can,” said Sarah Clark, co-director of the C.S. Mott Children’s National Poll on Children’s Health. 

“One of the biggest reasons we hear every year why parents say they don’t need to get a flu vaccine for their kid is, ‘My child is healthy and the flu is not that serious,'” Clark said. “Among the parents who said that they were not likely to have their kid get the flu vaccine, 14 percent said they were afraid to bring their child to the office because of a fear of COVID-19,” Clark said. 

She urges those parents to find out what safety precautions their pediatricians are taking. She said even if children haven’t returned to school, the flu shot is important. 

According to the countywide health data for September 29, 2020, Taylor recorded three new cases of COVID-19 for a total number of 1,038 this year, but no new deaths. The death total remains at 78. Among Wayne County communities outside of Detroit, Taylor’s case total is sixth, behind Dearborn, Livonia, Westland, Dearborn Heights and Canton. Overall, county communities outside of Detroit have recorded 18,832 COVID-19 cases, and 1,300 deaths.

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