Vaccination of children has decreased over the world as a result of the pandemic.
Vaccines for diseases including measles, typhoid, polio, and diphtheria for children have decreased over the world as a result of the Covid problem.
While the focus was on the coronavirus, doctors worried that because immunization programs had been halted, established and dangerous illnesses could get a foothold. Last year, with the installation of lockdown measures in England, MMR vaccination rates dropped by 20%, but they eventually recovered. However, a pattern of falling uptake has established over the world.
Professor Carl Heneghan, Director of the University of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, co-authored a review that will be published next week (Monday, June 28) that shows tens of millions of babies and young children have been put at risk of potentially fatal infections as a result of the drop in vaccine uptake and the suspension of services.
Childhood Vaccination and the Impact of Covid was a paper that looked at 35 studies that compared the pattern of childhood vaccines before and during the pandemic.
Vaccine services were disrupted in at least 135 countries around the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia, and America, especially Latin America and the Caribbean. It was discovered that those who were disadvantaged or underprivileged were the ones who were most affected by the reduction in services.
Some countries have completely stopped providing services. Due to covid restrictions, Pakistan’s polio vaccination campaign was discontinued, resulting in the loss of 40 million children. Due to travel limitations, immunizations in Afghanistan were halted when supplies became depleted. Wild polio has been on the rise in both nations recently.
Lack of access to treatments and fear of contracting covid have been attributed for a drop in childhood vaccine uptake in other nations, including England.
“People with a high risk of dying are being put at a higher risk of dying because of the covid measures,” said Dr. Tom Jefferson, a co-author of the study. These vaccines are great at preventing lethal infections, but once you fall below a particular level of immunization, outbreak epidemics can occur, killing children. This is horrible, and yet another unintended and perhaps fatal long-term consequence of lockdown measures.
“Some of these countries are at war,” he remarked. Many of those who are affected are impoverished. It’s hard to believe.”
Poor access to GP care and fear of contracting covid were shown to be contributing factors in the early drop in adoption in England, according to the analysis. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”