Decreased Vaccine Rates Putting Kids at Risk
Accreditation Coordinator, Health Educator, PREP Coordinator
Vaccine rates worldwide for children 0-18 years old, have decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Due to this decline, children and their communities are at increased risk for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.
One factor that has led to the decrease in vaccine rates is a parent’s decision to delay a vaccine rather than take a chance on exposure to COVID-19 while at their pediatrician’s office. This could be a real concern to parents, but for children who are not protected by vaccines, they will be more at risk to these preventable diseases. It will take health care providers and public health officials at all levels to correct this issue by providing catch-up vaccinations.
All school age vaccinations will be available during the Back to School Drive-Thru Immunization Clinic.