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Ransom: Routine immunizations need to get back on track for back to school

August 30, 2021
In this 2017 photo, captured inside a clinical setting, a health care provider was placing a bandage on the injection site of a child, who had just received a seasonal influenza vaccine. Children younger than 5-years-old, and especially those younger than 2-years-old, are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications. A flu vaccine offers the best defense against flu, and its potentially serious consequences, and can also reduce the spread of flu to others.

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.

Article Source: Baltimore Sun

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