Doctors across Canada seeing a drop in number of routine child vaccinations

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Date Published: May 19, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

There are concerns that the drop in the number of routine child vaccinations in Canada throughout the pandemic will lead to an increase in preventable diseases. The number of child vaccinations has fallen for various reasons: some parents may fear that going into a healthcare facility could increase COVID-19 exposure risk, and some physicians are postponing/canceling routine vaccinations because of clinic closures or a lack of personal protective equipment. Experts are stressing that there should not be any interruption of children’s routine immunization schedule, and they are particularly concerned about children less than two years old who are supposed to receive the first doses of several vaccinations. In response, British Columbia has launched a social media and advertising campaign in order to encourage parents to book vaccinations for their children, and the Canadian Paediatric Society has also urged parents and healthcare providers to continue following the routine vaccination schedule for children. In Ottawa, a special vaccination clinic based at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario has been created after public health officials noticed a decline in vaccination orders placed by primary care providers. 

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Summary by: Christina Blagojevic