Pediatricians worry less kids are getting measles vaccine
Right now, the hot topic is COVID-19 vaccinations.
But, some doctors are concerned about other vaccinations that families may be putting off because of the pandemic.
Pediatrician, Dr. Sara Bode led a study in the Journal Pediatrics focused on the MMR vaccine- which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella- to see how far the vaccination rates have fallen.
“Not all families that missed their visits in March and April were coming back over the summer, so the persistence of that is what worried us the most,” commented Dr. Bode. “We knew that schools were potentially opening up in the fall, kids were going to be around other family members and we didn’t want to risk a 2nd outbreak.”
After reviewing nearly 100,000 patient records within Ohio’s nationwide children’s pediatric primary care network, a 10% drop was seen between March of 2017 and August of 2020 for children who did recieve the MMR vaccination.
“We’re all thinking about COVID right now and it’s super important, but it’s just as important to think about those other infectious diseases,” said Dr. Bode.
Pediatricians are working to let the public know that it is safe to comeback to the doctor’s office, as long as local and national COVID-19 guidance is being followed.