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Childhood measles vaccine rates lagging during the pandemic

[KSTP-TV News, November 12, 2021] The World Health Organization is expressing concern that the global progress made against measles will be threatened amid the ongoing pandemic. 

The latest numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health show the missed vaccination rate for 2-year-olds is steadily climbing from about 21% in 2019, before the pandemic, to nearly 26% in 2020.

MDH says so far this year, about 34% haven’t gotten their routine shots.

“Any population that allows its measles vaccine rates to drop is highly vulnerable to an outbreak by a single importation,” says Dr. Frank Rhame, an infectious disease specialist with Allina Health.

Posted on November 13, 2021 in MeaslesPediatricsPediatrics

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