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Drop in vaccination leaves children vulnerable to other diseases

Series: Coronavirus | Story 105

Last updated 5/13/2020 at 2:39pm

Immunization rates among children appear to be dropping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This leaves children and communities at risk. Providers in Washington's Childhood Vaccine Program reported they administered 30 percent fewer vaccines to 0-18 year olds in March of this year compared with the same month in previous years. In April, preliminarily officials are seeing a 42 percent decrease, but that number may change as April data continue to be reported.

The amount of vaccine ordered by providers in March also fell both in Washington state and nationwide.

"We are concerned that babies and...

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