Childhood Vaccinations Have Dropped As Pandemic Has Spread Throughout US, CDC Reports

CNN (5/8) reported that “childhood vaccinations have plunged since the [COVID-19] pandemic began spreading through the United States, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.” The agency “reported a ‘notable decrease’ in the number of vaccines ordered through a federal program that immunizes half of all kids in the country.” The CDC cautioned that “unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children will be at risk of other infectious diseases besides coronavirus.” The American Academy of Pediatrics also “expressed alarm about the report.” AAP president Dr. Sally Goza said in a statement, “Immunizing infants, children and adolescents is important, and should not be delayed.” On Friday, “the AAP published new recommendations…for pediatricians to help keep kids safer during the pandemic.” The AAP said, “Pediatricians should identify children who have missed well-child visits and/or recommended vaccinations and contact them to schedule in person appointments inclusive of newborns, infants, children, and adolescents.”

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