According to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, instead of child vaccination rates recovering (after the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic) the historically low rates worsened.

Data show the percentage of U.S. children entering kindergarten with their required immunizations fell to 93% in the 2021-22 school year, 2 percentage points below recommended herd immunity levels of 95% and lower than vaccination rates in 2020-21, when many schools and doctor’s offices were closed.

Public health officials warn that unless child vaccination rates for measles, chicken pox, polio and other diseases are quickly brought back to pre-pandemic levels, outbreaks of preventable diseases — like the measles outbreaks in Ohio and Minnesota in the fall and the polio case in New York last summer — are likely to become commonplace. [source]

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