In NYC at least, childhood immunizations often recover after lockout

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By E.J. Mundell
Reporter HealthDay

Thursday, July 30, 2020 (HealthDay News)

After the COVID-19 pandemic had millions of New Yorkers locked out, the rate of child immunization regularly plummeted – as has happened in cities across the United States.

That worries pediatricians that a second outbreak – measles, whooping cough, mumps – may follow after a large group of children is injured.

But a new report from the nation's largest city shows that parents are mostly getting the message and the immunization rate is now recovering.

After a sharp decline in March and April, "the increase in vaccine management seen in May and June is encouraging," reports a group led by Dr. Jane Zucker, of the Department of Health. Health and Mental Hygiene New York City.

At its worst, during the week of April 5 to 11, there was a 62% reduction in immunization for children under 2 years of age, compared to the same week in 2019, the researchers reported. And the decline is even more dramatic in children ages 2 to 18 – a 96% decrease from the previous year.

Alarmed by the abrupt decline, health officials and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio organized a campaign to convince parents to continue vaccinating their children.

City health officials have sent letters to pediatricians and other health care providers, urging them to reach out to parents about the issue.

At the same time, "the importance of vaccinating children is the subject of a mayor …


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