Cleveland doctor: Vaccines down among children since the start of COVID-19 outbreak

Vaccines down among children since the start of COVID-19 outbreak

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - New studies out show that child vaccinations during the coronavirus pandemic have decreased since the start of the outbreak.

Health experts said some parents don’t want to go into doctor’s offices because of the fear of catching the coronavirus.

Other parents don’t feel the need to get their child vaccinated because they don’t plan on sending them to school in the fall.

But Metrohealth officials stressed the importance of getting vaccinations for the children.

A doctor from Metrohealth said that nationally he’s seeing a trend where parents are declining vaccinations for their children.

“Especially now, a fresh reminder that it is possible for an infectious disease to spread across the world and wreak havoc, so for those diseases we can prevent, then absolutely vaccines are crucial,” said Dr. David Margolius.

According to a new study, the percentage of Michigan infants and children being vaccinated sees a decrease across the board.

The study only takes notes of children being vaccinated at milestone ages (1-month-old - 24-months-old). Still, according to the study, 2016-2018 had seen a steady rate of child vaccinations, while 2020 has seen a steady decrease across the board.

“The true test for us is going to be in the next couple of months because this tends to be the peak season for kids getting caught up on vaccines before school starts,” Dr. Margolius added.

The full study can be seen here.

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