How Has The COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Measles Vaccination R
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In a recent study published in Pediatrics, researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital evaluated changes in measles vaccination rates. They found a steep and lasting decline and are making efforts to improve timely vaccination.

The researchers examined the proportion of children with measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccination by age 16 months from March 2017 through August 2020. They found about a 10 percent drop in the number of children who had received their first MMR vaccine. The decline began in March 2020, when the state had its first stay-at-home order.

This pandemic-related decline in vaccination persisted through August 2020, even as clinics reopened for wellness visits. Alex Kemper, MD, MPH, MS, division chief of primary care pediatrics at Nationwide Children's and a co-author on the study, said that a key message he and his colleagues want to get across is it is safe to come back to the clinic for preventive care.

We recognize that wellness visits provide important opportunities to assess growth and development, and talk to families about issues like mental health, nutrition and exercise in these challenging times, said Dr. Kemper. Reaching out to the community and assuring families that preventive visits are safe will be an important component of getting patients back to the clinics.

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https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2020/11/17/peds.2020-035576
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