The CDC reports during the COVID-19 pandemic routine childhood vaccinations have declined.
Southern Seven Health Department operates clinics in the lower seven counties in Illinois.
During the last few months the clinics have seen a 50% drop in childhood vaccinations during Illinois’ stay at home order.
The CDC says it’s important to stay up to date especially during this pandemic because the recommended vaccines give protection from 16 diseases.
Southern Seven Public Information Officer Shawnna Rhine says the level of vaccination coverage needs to be above 90% for population immunity.
“If we don’t maintain these levels of immunizations, we could see a population resurgence in these diseases, so vaccinations keep these diseases down, it doesn’t mean they’re not here, it just means that your child is protected against them.”
Rhine recommends making an appointment because some vaccinations have to be ordered.
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