Why is it important? Health officials are sounding the alarm about low childhood vaccination rates exacerbating the spread and putting some young Americans at risk of serious illness.
- ““The concern in this case is setting up children who are at risk of serious disease in the future,” Daniel Blatt, MD, a pediatric infectious disease physician at the University of Louisville and Norton Children’s Hospital, told Axios. .
- “We don’t really know what the next variant is going to be. And the way to get ahead of the next variant is to give kids a blueprint for how to fight back, and that’s what the vaccine does.”
Present: in In D.C., which has the highest percentage of young children vaccinated, less than a quarter of children ages 6 months to four years received one dose — and 7.5% received both doses, in Washington. Paste.
- The states with the lowest childhood vaccination rates — Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi — had vaccination rates below 0.2 percent, the Post found.
The big picture: Food and Drug Administration June Covid-19 vaccines approved for children aged 6 months to 5 years – about a year and a half after the first vaccines were developed for at-risk adults.
- Children under the age of 5 have the highest rate of hospitalization for Covid among young people CDC.
Game Mode: Vaccination hesitancy is especially strong among parents who make decisions about their children’s health, Blatt said.
- “If a child is going to do something or if we are going to do something for the child, if that child is small, the parent is always more worried and we are seeing it with the Covid vaccine.”
- Vaccine misinformation and inadequate communication about vaccinations both contribute to low rates, Peter Hotez, MD, an infectious-disease physician and pediatrician at Baylor College of Medicine’s National School of Tropical Medicine, told the Post.
- “We haven’t done a good job of elucidating the long-term developmental consequences of Covid in young children,” Hotez said.
The main point is: “We do a lot of things for the safety of children…they wear bicycle helmets, they eat nutritious food, they do regular check-ups,” she said.
- “These are things that are part of routine medical care, and Covid vaccines, like any other routine vaccination, are part of the whole picture of keeping a baby safe.”
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