‘This is alarming’: Childhood vaccination rates drop as measles and polio outbreaks emerge

January 12, 2023

Immunization rates for measles, polio and other diseases once again dropped among kindergartners last school year, a trend public health officials warn puts kids at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases. 

About 93% of kindergartners during the 2021-22 school year completed vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella; diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; polio; and chickenpox. The coverage dropped nearly 1% from 2020-21 and about 2% from the year before the COVID-19 pandemic started, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Thursday.

The study did not track the number of kids who received COVID-19 vaccines or boosters. 

Public health officials said the report showed school-age vaccination rates worsened during the pandemic as families missed doctor’s visits and school routines were disrupted. But another CDC study, also released Thursday, reported vaccination rates among 2-year-olds were similar to pre-pandemic levels

Read more at USA Today.

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