Routine vaccinations fell in the middle of COVID-19, the CDC finds
Routine vaccinations fell in the middle of COVID-19, the CDC finds

Routine vaccinations fell in the middle of COVID-19, the CDC finds

Routine childhood vaccinations fell nationwide in the midst of the pandemic and are below target levels, CDC reported April 22nd.

By the 2020-21 school year, about 94 percent of kindergarten children had received all state-of-the-art vaccines against preventable diseases, such as measles and chickenpox. This figure is about 1 percentage point lower than the year before and falls just below the CDC’s 95 percent vaccination rate target.

“This means that there are 35,000 more children in the United States during this period without evidence of complete vaccination against common diseases,” said Georgina Peacock, MD, acting director of the CDC’s immunization services department, during a April 21 media briefing quoted by New York Times. “This is further evidence of how pandemic-related disruptions to education and health care can have lasting consequences for children.”

Health authorities have expressed concern that preventable childhood diseases could become more common if the nation does not increase the vaccination rate.

See the CDC’s full report here.


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