December 26, 2022
The pandemic has fueled a dramatic decline in child immunizations, with millions of children falling behind on essential protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.
With millions of children missing routine vaccination during the pandemic, public health leaders are calling attention to the importance of catching up on missed vaccines during the New Year.
Recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF indicate that the world has faced the “largest sustained decline in childhood vaccinations” during the pandemic and risks the return of vaccine-preventable illnesses.
“This is a red alert for child health. We are witnessing the largest sustained drop in childhood immunization in a generation. The consequences will be measured in lives,” said Catherine Russell, UNICEF Executive Director.
Here’s what you need to know:
HAP urges everyone to learn more about the vaccine schedule for children and ensure they remain up to date on their vaccines. Additional information about vaccines for children is available online.
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