Nebraska vaccination rates among school-age children drops 30% amid pandemic

Advertisement

BEGIN ARTICLE PREVIEW:

While the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, kids in Nebraska are falling behind on their standard shots.New numbers obtained by KETV Newswatch 7 Investigates revealed a concerning drop among children of all ages, but particularly older kids.KETV Newswatch 7 Investigates reached out to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to look at the declining rates statewide. The most recent available data confirmed the most concerning drops in vaccinations were among school-aged children.Thirty percent fewer kids ages 7 to 17 were vaccinated between January and June this year when compared to the same time in 2019. Also, vaccinations were down 27% in children 2 to 7 years old, and 6% in children ages two and younger.Just last year, the United Health Foundation ranked Nebraska fifth in the country for childhood vaccinations and 16th for adolescent vaccinations. With the onset of the pandemic and the subsequent drops in visits, doctors warned there’s more to getting their checkup than just the booster shot.”As families see less and less of these diseases, we need to remind them that yes, they’re still circulating; yes, they still occur in the United States,” Dr. Bradford Becken said.Becken, an infectious disease pediatrician working for Nebraska Medicine, pointed …

END ARTICLE PREVIEW

READ MORE FROM SOURCE ARTICLE