The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant and troubling drop in routine immunization rates in Maryland, as many parents were forced to delay or cancel annual health care services and well-child visits. In 2020, for example, pre-kindergarten immunization rates fell an astounding 76 percent. The result is that, even as coronavirus vaccination rates climb, many Maryland children may be vulnerable to other dangerous vaccine-preventable illnesses.
Ransom: Routine immunizations need to get back on track for back to school
August 30, 2021