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Fewer Kids Getting Vaccinated During COVID-19

Washtenaw County Health Department

The Washtenaw County Health Department has seen a decrease in the number of children getting immunized because of COVID-19.  

In July of 2019, 72% of the county’s children between 24 and 36 months old were caught up on the recommended vaccines, such as whooping cough, but that number decreased to 66% this July.  Susan Cerniglia is a spokesperson for the health department and explains the ripple effect this could have on the community.

Susan Cerniglia: If we’re lagging behind, there’s more vulnerability to seeing greater outbreaks.

Cerniglia says that. among older kids between the ages of 12 and 18, the health department has seen a 3% decrease from last year in individuals who are caught up on their recommended vaccines.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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