The Data on Skipping Shots

By Wynne Kontos
Friday, July 1, 2022

Immunization rates have decreased during the pandemic. Will we see a resurgence in infectious diseases as a result?

In 2021, fewer children in the U.S. were immunized before beginning kindergarten than in years past.

Lower rates of immunization are not limited to the U.S. Researchers in Canada found that indicated on-time immunizations for children have dropped from the pre-pandemic rate of 81.8% to 62.1%.

The CDC reports 35,000 American children may return to the classroom unvaccinated against infectious diseases such as measles, whooping cough and varicella. Meanwhile, adults in the U.S. have received far fewer flu vaccines in 2022 than 2021.