Lockdowns in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic had the unintended effect of making both children and adults more vulnerable to other diseases, many of them barred from routine vaccinations, according to a new study.
Vaccines fell across all age groups between January and September 2020 compared to the same period in 2018 and 2019. According to A study of Michigan data published Thursday in American Journal of Public Health.
The sharpest drop in vaccination occurred in April 2020, with 86% fewer adolescents receiving the shot, 83% fewer children aged 2 to 8 years, and 82% fewer adults.
In April 2020, there was the lowest drop in vaccinations for children under 2 years of age, with 35% fewer shots being received.
Fewer vaccinations were reported for vaccines including human papillomavirus (HPV), meningitis, whooping cough, tetanus, herpes and diphtheria.
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