With all of the talk about a coronavirus vaccine, a concerning trend has taken hold in the United States and around the world: children are missing their routine visits for vaccination. The rates of vaccination are dropping sharply, but the experts hope that's a short-term trend that will soon be reversed. Doctors say a large factor is parents' fear of leaving the house with their kids, and in particular, fear of going to the hospital or doctors’ offices. But the medical community is sending an urgent signal: don't miss vaccination.

Our guests discuss the issues, and answer your questions about medical visits for children during the pandemic. Our guests:

  • Dr. Stephen Cook, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and medical director at the New York State Department of Health
  • Dr. Elizabeth Murray, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong
  • Dr. Laura Jean Shipley, M.D., associate medical director for Accountable Health Partners, and vice chair for behavioral and population health in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dr. David Topa, M.D., pediatrician at Pittsford Pediatric Associates

Mayor Warren opposes sex ed, STD vaccine bills

Feb 26, 2020
James Brown / WXXI News

A legislative push in Albany to compel school districts to provide comprehensive sexual education from kindergarten through 12th grade has its detractors.

The New York State Catholic Conference opposes the legislation, for instance, because it says the measure ignores religious sensibilities and shuns parents who want a role in guiding their children’s sex education. Republican legislators, too, have railed against the bill.
Now, count Rochester’s Democratic mayor, Lovely Warren, among its critics.

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and public health commissioner Michael Mendoza on Wednesday urged families to get their children vaccinated in time for the school year and announced extended hours at the county’s immunization clinic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Five cases of measles have been confirmed within a Mennonite community in Wyoming County.

The New York and Wyoming County health departments said in a statement that they are trying to determine whether more people were exposed.

The departments are advising residents with symptoms consistent with measles to contact the county health department or their health care provider.  

According to the statement, Wyoming County health officials are "actively engaging the Mennonite community to discuss the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent the spread of measles."