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CDC warns low rate of routine childhood vaccination

The CDC changed its guidance last month to allow coronavirus vaccines and other injections to be given at the same time.

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Routine childhood vaccinations fell sharply during the pandemic’s first few months, and while they began to rebound last summer, many children and teens are still behind on vaccinations, according to a federal health report released Thursday.

That delay could pose “a serious public health threat” from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough that have the potential to derail efforts to reopen schools, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diseases (CDC).

With health care systems and other social institutions already overburdened by the pandemic, the CDC recommends that health care providers consider giving coronavirus vaccines on the same day as other vaccines, especially when children and teens are behind or behind. in danger of being left behind. The CDC changed its guidance last month to allow coronavirus vaccines and other injections to be given at the same time.

Expert request

The American Academy of Pediatrics also asked parents Thursday to keep their children up-to-date on routine immunizations as families prepare for the return of face-to-face classes in the fall.

“We understand that many families, understandably, delayed visits to their doctors during the pandemic,” Yvonne Maldonado, who chairs the group’s committee on infectious diseases, said in a statement. “We urge families to get their children up-to-date on their routine immunizations now. States have begun to open up, and as families move into their community, we are concerned that we may see outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and other life-threatening diseases that could spread rapidly.

CDC data from 10 jurisdictions provide further evidence of the pandemic’s impact on routine vaccination rates in children and adolescents, documented last year when parents across the country canceled routine checks to avoid exposure. to the coronavirus.

The researchers found that vaccines for children and adolescents between March and May 2020 were substantially lower for routine vaccines, including for DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis), measles and HPV, in all age groups, compared to the same three-month period. in 2018 and 2019.

Among children younger than 24 months and children 2 to 6 years old, DTaP doses fell a median of nearly 16 percent and 60 percent, respectively, in all jurisdictions compared to the same period in 2018 and 2019.

The Washington Post. Free translation by El Tiempo Latino

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