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Routine child vaccinations dropped during the coronavirus pandemic, study finds

June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Routine child and adolescent vaccinations dropped in the early stage of the coronavirus pandemic, and an increase in the following months was not enough to regain lost ground, according to research published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Routine child and adolescent vaccinations dropped in the early stage of the coronavirus pandemic, and an increase in the following months was not enough to regain lost ground, according to research published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Though vaccinations rose back to pre-pandemic levels from June to September, when most stay-at-home orders were lifted, the team says it was not enough to “catch up” children who missed routine vaccinations.

During March through May, diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccinations dropped by a median of 15. 7% for children under 2 years, and 60% for children ages 2 to 6.

HPV vaccinations declined by a median of 63. 6% among children ages 9 to 12 years, and 71. 3% among adolescents ages 13 to 17.

Though vaccinations increased in the following months, no jurisdiction sustained a jump above pre-pandemic levels, which the team says would have been necessary to make up for lost ground.

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