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Childhood vaccination rates declining

 


CAMP MURRAY, Wash.—Immunization rates among children appear to be dropping during the COVID-19 pandemic. This leaves children and communities at risk.

Providers in Washington’s Childhood Vaccine Program reported a 30 percent decrease in vaccinations for March and potentially a 42 percent decrease in April as data continue to be reported.

The amount of vaccine ordered by providers in March also fell both in Washington state and nationwide.

“We are concerned that babies and kids aren’t getting all the vaccines they need to protect them,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, state health officer at the Washington State Department of Health. “Decreasing vaccinations increases the risk that we could see an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease.”

Parents and guardians should make an appointment right away for any immunizations their child has missed.

“Now is the time to catch up. Talk to your doctor, nurse, or clinic about ways you can get vaccinated,” Lofy said.

Find more guidance, here: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/PleaseContinueVaccinatingPatients.pdf.

 

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