Focus on Covid-19 spells trouble for childhood vaccinations
The decline in jabs for minors could open the door to more outbreaks, warn experts
With Covid-19 vaccinations in full swing in many parts of the world, childhood inoculation should not be put on the backburner.
The warning is based on findings by public health researchers who worry that a drop in vaccination during the pandemic could give rise to preventable childhood infections and deaths.
According to the University of Washington study, the decline in measles vaccine (MCV1) and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) vaccine – which protect against deadly infectious diseases in childhood – could increase disease outbreaks once Covid-19 prevention measures subside. Vaccine mop-up campaigns should be intensified, the experts urged...