The CDC is encouraging parents to schedule routine vaccinations for their children, saying that a drop in vaccination rates during the pandemic could exacerbate outbreaks of diseases like measles and whooping cough over the next year. Routine vaccination rates dropped considerably in the early months of the pandemic and the CDC warns that many children are still behind on their shots. The agency updated its guidance in May to say that people can get other shots at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Data from Blue Cross Blue Shield suggests that vaccine doses being administered to children decreased by 26% since the start of the pandemic.
- Fewer doses of all routine vaccinations were administered over the last year, including HPV, measles, and DTaP.
- The drop in HPV vaccinations is especially concerning to doctors since HPV infections can take years or even decades to develop into cancer.
- Vaccinations in children began to increase last summer, though not enough to make up for all the shots that had been missed in the first few months of the pandemic, the CDC said.