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Parents weigh children’s immunization health against risk of exposure to Covid-19

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At best, it could delay vaccinations for some children. At worst, it could lead to an outbreak or potential epidemic

Parents and pediatricians across the US are not vaccinating their children during the coronavirus pandemic, leading experts to warn that such delays could cause outbreaks of preventable diseases later in the year.

“Immunization is an essential health service which may be affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic,” the World Health Organization said recently in a statement. “Disruption of immunization services, even for brief periods, will result in increased numbers of susceptible individuals and raise the likelihood of outbreak-prone vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) such as measles.”

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