A new CDC analysis found that after the state of Michigan went into shutdown on March 23, vaccination rates fell.
The CDC issued a warning to the public about a possible measles outbreak if children were not vaccinated properly.
The data from Michigan shows an emerging trend in declining childhood vaccinations, both in America and abroad.
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Child vaccination rates have dropped dramatically in one US state, stoking concerns among public health officials that the lockdown could pose serious public health risks unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a new CDC analysis on vaccinations in Michigan, around 66% of five-month-olds were vaccinated each year from 2016 to 2019. That dropped sharply to 49% in 2020.
Overall, the vaccination rate for Michigan children under 18 years old decreased by 21.5%.
It comes after the CDC issued a warning to the public about a possible resurgence of measles. The new report builds on data showing an emerging trend in the decline of childhood vaccinations, both in America and internationally.
While many doctors have transitioned to telemedicine during COVID-19, vaccinations still require an in-person doctor’s visit, something many parents are leery of during a pandemic.
Michigan officially went into shutdown on March 23, and vaccination rates immediately fell. The only vaccine rate that did not fall was the Hepatitis B vaccine, which is typically administered after birth in the hospital.
For children on a government health insurance program like Medicaid, vaccination rates were even lower than for children on private insurance. Only 34% of Medicaid-enrolled children were up to date with their vaccinations, compared to 55% of children not enrolled in Medicaid.
The study authors advised doctors on strategies they could use to make in-person vaccination visits safer, from dedicating specific, separate rooms to sick visits and routine check-up visits, limiting the amount of patients in the office at one time, and having parents call to check-in and receive their vaccinations in the parking lot.
“The observed declines in vaccination coverage might leave young children and communities vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles,” the study authors wrote. “If measles vaccination coverage of 90-95% is not achieved, measles outbreaks could occur.”
Without widespread vaccination, everyone can be at risk
Proper measles vaccination is split into two different shots. The first measles vaccination shot is given at 12 to 15 months, and the second is given between the ages of four and six. Without both shots, the child has not been fully vaccinated against measles. During this pandemic, many children may be missing their final measles shot.
Without a vaccine to combat it, measles is one of the most contagious diseases there is, and according to the World Health Organization, over 117 million children all over the world are currently at risk of missing their vaccines.
Measles is an airborne disease, which means just entering the room of someone who is sick can spread an infection, and 90% of people who come in contract with measles will get infected, according to the CDC.
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