Childhood vaccinations falling behind; DHS urges back-to-school COVID vaccination


Routine childhood vaccinations, including those for HPV and Hepatitis B, have fallen behind in Wisconsin, causing concern among pediatricians across the state. In July 2022, routine vaccinations were 37% lower for kids 5-18 years of age and 25% lower for kids 24 months and younger, compared to pre-pandemic rates. Doctors are asking families to help avoid future illnesses by helping their kids get caught up.

In addition, 75% of kids ages 5-11 and 40% of kids ages 12-17 are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19. In response, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is urging parents to include COVID vaccination as part of their back-to-school plans.

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