Childhood Vaccines in Times of COVID-19

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, public health authorities in the United States are sound the alarm that childhood vaccination rates are falling. They explain that the falling number of children who are caught up on their vaccinations is due to parents wanting to avoid exposing themselves and their children to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. There are also “stay at home” recommendations in many parts of the country, leading parents to delay medical check-ups where vaccines are usually given to children.

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Vaccination Hesitation: When Distrust Can be Deadly

Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, spikes in measles outbreaks were mainly attributed to two key factors: infrastructure and junk science. In less affluent regions, inadequate healthcare infrastructure and resources impeded vaccine deliveries. Meanwhile, in more affluent areas, some parents refused to vaccinate their children based on junk science and myths. Despite the complexities of the conflicting positions, the former could be addressed with increased funds and resources, while the latter can be managed with the dissemination of factual scientific evidence. In the wake of the pandemic, there is a new and potentially dangerous wave of vaccine hesitancy.