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Pediatricians Fear Risks To Kids From Rising Vaccine Hesitancy

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“The big thing that scares me is just kids are now at risk for getting a vaccine-preventable disease.” 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKNR) — With so many students learning from home, doctors across Middle Tennessee are seeing fewer children getting their back-to-school immunizations.

Dr. Joseph Gigante, professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital said:

“Clearly a trend that we’re seeing is families are missing their appointments. And when we have been in touch with some of these families, they’re just afraid.

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“One of the unintended consequences of that has been this marked decrease in immunization rates.”

According to state officials, vaccination rates have recently dropped by as much as 40%.

“We have a lot of 4 to 6-year-olds that are missing their second measles vaccine because of COVID-19,” said Dr. Michelle Fiscus, director of the Tennessee Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization Program.

“When we start to see those immunization coverage rates drop below 95% that is where we can start to see measles take off in communities.”

This also brings down protection for children who can’t get vaccines, like kids who are immunocompromised.

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“There’s a lot of providers who’ve actually never seen a case of chickenpox, so that’s one that we could see come back,” Dr. Fiscus said … Read more. 

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