The Pandemic Could Lead to Outbreaks of Measles and Other Preventable Diseases
An unusual silence fills the waiting area of my fellow pediatrician’s office in suburban Maryland. On a typical day, one would expect to see the animated bustle of children. Nowadays, only two out of 10 scheduled visits might take place. Unused vaccine vials rapidly accumulate as families shelter at home.
With lockdowns and fears of the pandemic, this scene has been playing out in pediatricians’ offices around the country.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine Safety Datalink show an almost 50 percent drop in children being vaccinated for measles during the first quarter of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019.
This situation also unfolded across the world as countries ordered …continued .
[Source: New York Times]