Michigan child vaccination rates drop 6.5% since 2019

The Michigan Academy of Family Physicians sounded the alarm on Monday over declining immunization rates for preventable childhood diseases such as measles, polio and whooping cough since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have seen a 6% drop in toddler vaccinations in Michigan over the past two years, which is alarming,” said Dr. Delicia Pruitt, medical director for the Saginaw County Health Department. “As it stands, 32% of Michigan toddlers are at risk for preventable illnesses because their immunizations are not up to date.

“For children of color, children living in poverty, and those who are uninsured and covered by Medicaid, these rates are even lower. This makes the disparities in health outcomes between segments of our communities even greater. .”

Dr. Charles Goodman vaccinates 1-year-old Cameron Fierro with the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine at his office in Northridge, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.

The pandemic has interrupted regular visits to the doctor

The problem started, she says, with the pandemic.

“People weren’t able to visit their primary care physician for in-person appointments for things like vaccinations,” said Pruitt, who is also a family physician at Saginaw and an associate professor at the College. of Medicine from Central Michigan University.

“But now we can connect in person again and it’s time and long overdue that we do all we can to protect our children and the most vulnerable in our communities from preventable disease by catching up on our vaccinations.”

Global coverage for series of primary vaccines for children in Michigan, which includes vaccines that prevent measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, haemophilus influenzae, hepatitis, polio, chickenpox and pneumonia, fell to 68 .5% in the first quarter of 2022. That’s down about 6.5% since July 2019, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

A pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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Among Michigan adolescents, coverage of state-recommended vaccines fell to 72.9% during the same period – about 4 percentage points, according to state data.

While that doesn’t seem like a big drop, Dr. Glenn Dregansky, president of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, said every case matters.

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