MN's child vaccinations drop

In MN there’s been a decline in the numbers of children vaccinated, obviously a ripple effect of the current pandemic crisis in this country.

A federal program that supplies vaccines to about half the nation’s children has seen orders for routine non-influenza vaccines drop by 2.5 million this year, according to the study released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “These data definitely show troubling decreases,” said Dr. Malini DeSilva, one of the study’s authors. “This indicates that many children may become vulnerable to these vaccine-preventable diseases.”

While it may too early to ascribe the drop in vaccinations due to any antipathy (antivaxer sentiment), primary care clinics are now beginning to activlely encourage visits for routine, but extremely important maintenance vaccinations in the vake of the coronavirus pandemic, while observing strict social distancing logistics. This space certainly deserves watching.

Michael L. Douglas @doctorpundit

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