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

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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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