Warning: Kids are falling behind on critical vaccines

Vaccination rates fell behind during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re still catching up. The CDC reported that during the 2020–2021 school year, only about 94% of kindergartners nationwide were fully vaccinated against:

• Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP)

• Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)

• Varicella (chickenpox)

Why it matters

Even a slight drop in vaccination coverage means communities are less protected against diseases. Unvaccinated children are more likely to get sick, have severe symptoms and experience complications.

What you can do

Vaccinations are meant to help prevent the spread of diseases. You can help protect your child and your community.

Here’s how:

• Compare your child’s immunization record against the recommended schedule for their age and their school’s requirements.

• Work with your child’s pediatrician to catch up on any missed vaccines.

• Schedule and go to your child’s next annual well-visit. As always, call the pediatrician’s office if you have questions or concerns between visits.

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