Mercy Pediatrician, Dr. Ashanti Woods Discusses Importance of Children's Vaccinations

July 6, 2020
Mercy Medical Center - Baltimore, MD

The coronavirus has disrupted immunization programs worldwide, but doctors warn it's important to make sure your children are vaccinated.

According to board certified pediatrician Dr. Ashanti Woods of Mercy Family Care Physicians, as the lockdowns were happening, people were not getting out for these routine appointments. Then, many parents were concerned about bringing their young children to facilities because of risk exposure.

“What's going to happen is as coronavirus dies down, as cases trend downward, the state and the country's going to re-open. With that there's going to be travel. We want children to be vaccinated against those common childhood illnesses, such as measles, polio, pertussis,” Dr. Woods said.

If you are still uneasy, contact your doctor's office about their procedures for making it safe to come to their offices.

View Dr. Woods’ interview regarding children’s vaccinations.


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Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit, MDMercyMedia on FacebookTwitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.

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