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During the Pandemic Millions of Children Missed their Routine Vaccinations

According to a new modeling study, the coronavirus Pandemic may have caused the “most extensive” disruption of regular kid vaccines in recent history. According to the study’s estimations, at least 17 million children globally missed usual vaccinations due to the epidemic, which was published in the journal The Lancet on Wednesday. Children who have not been vaccinated or have been under-vaccinated are at risk of disease outbreaks, and public health officials worldwide are concerned.

The researchers from the University of Washington wrote, “Routine immunization services faced stark challenges in 2020, with the COVID-19 Pandemic causing the most widespread and largest global disruption in recent history. This analysis offers, to our knowledge, the first modeled assessments of global and regional disruptions to vaccination coverage, by month, during the COVID Pandemic in 2020.”

The researchers used immunization data from 1980 to 2019 to calculate how many routine immunizations would have been expected in 2020 if the Pandemic had never occurred and then compared their predictions to actual vaccination data from 2020. In addition, data on worldwide mobility and routine immunization reports from the previous year were included in the study.

Between January and December 2020, an estimated 30 million children eligible for the third dose of the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine and 27.2 million children who were suitable for the first dose of measles vaccine missed those doses, according to the researchers. According to the estimations, 8.5 million more children are missing DTP third doses, and 8.9 million more children are missing measles vaccine doses than would have been missed if the Pandemic had not occurred.According to the researchers, the reductions in vaccinations indicated a 7.7% drop for DTP third doses and a 7.9% dip for the first dose of the measles vaccine. Both high-income and low-income countries were affected by the vaccine disruptions.

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