Research published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that routine vaccination of children and adolescents has declined at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. and the increase in the following months It is not enough to restore the original state.
Researchers studied data on vaccinations among children from March to September 2020 in nine US states and New York City.
They found that the number of vaccinations dropped dramatically from March to May. When 8 out of 10 jurisdictions are subject to stay-at-home orders Although vaccinations returned to pre-epidemic levels from June to September, But when most stay-at-home orders were canceled The team said it’s not enough to “keep up with” children who are not routinely vaccinated.
A team of researchers led by the CDC wrote: “Delays in scheduled vaccination could pose a serious public health threat. This will result in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Especially in schools that are re-opening for self-study.”
During March to May Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccinations decreased by 15.7% for children under 2 and 60% for children aged 2-6 years. Vaccinations against measles, mumps and rubella were reduced. by a median of 22.4% in children over 1 year and under 2 years and 63% in children 2-8 years of age. HPV vaccination was reduced by a median 63.6% in children 9 to 12 years and 71.3% in adolescents. 13 to 17 years
Although vaccinations increased in the following months, no jurisdiction showed growth rates above pre-epidemic levels. The research team said it was necessary to compensate for the lost areas.
The analysis included data from Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York City, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Findings from a separate analysis of claims published Wednesday by GlaxoSmithKline It found that up to 8.8 million doses of teenage vaccine could be missed by 2020. Non-influenza vaccine claims dropped 13 to 35% among adolescents. Compared to last year
The CDC researchers wrote, “Due to the COVID-19 vaccine, Available in the pediatric population, the CDC recommends that providers consider co-administrating the COVID-19 vaccine. with other vaccines regularly recommended Especially when patients are lagging behind or possibly lagging behind routinely recommended vaccines.”