The number of vaccinations administered to children during the COVID-19 pandemic has sharply decreased, leading to worries among pediatricians about public-health consequences if something isn’t done to reverse the trend
Florida Department of Health data show a 15 percent reduction in the number of vaccinations administered in March 2020 compared to March 2019 – and a whopping 40 percent reduction in vaccinations administered in April 2020 compared to the previous year. The drop coincided with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to issue a statewide stay-at-home order to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the cause COVID-19.“We are really emphasizing the need for kids to come in for their well visits and certainly to get their shots because the last thing we want to see is an outbreak of measles on top of everything else,” said Toni Richards-Rowley, a pediatrician in Hillsborough County. “And it’s not just measles. There are other vaccines out there that protect, especially the littlest ones, diseases that can cause meningitis, diseases that can cause blood infections, diseases that can cause whooping cough. All of these things are out there, and children are still at risk even if they are limiting their exposure to other children.”
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