CDC, docs warn of backslide of normal vaccinations


CDC, docs warn of backslide of normal vaccinations

New CDC numbers display required vaccinations are chucking up the sponge for Kansas and Missouri households. A pediatrician is helping us analyze the numbers—and the dangers.



MATTER. CODY: THANKS FOR JOINING US. I’M CODY HOLYOKE. WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD, VACCINE, WHAT COMES TO MIND? COVID? FOR GOOD REASON, WE’VE TALKED A LOT ABOUT CORONAVIRUS BOOSTERS ON THIS PROGRAM. OTHER VACCINATIONS ARE STARTING TO FALL SHORT, ESPECIALLY IN KIDS. CHECK OUT THESE NUMBERS FROM THE CDC SHOWING VACCINATION RATES AMONG KINDERGARTNERS DOWN IN SCHOOLS FOR THE SECOND YEAR. THE SURVEY SHOWS 93% OF KINDERGARTNERS IN THE ’21-’22 SCHOOL YEAR WERE VACCINATED. THAT IS DOWN FROM 94% THE YEAR BEFORE AND BELOW THE FEDERAL TARGET. THAT HAS HEALTH OFFICIALS WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THIS COULD MEAN. EXAMPLE? A MEASLES OUTBREAK NEAR COLUMBUS, OHIO SECOND 80 KIDS. >> MEASLES, IN THE U.S., WE HAVE EFFECTIVELY ELIMINATED IN 2000 BUT BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MANY INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE BUT UNVACCINATED, WE ARE HAVING A SPREAD HERE. CODY: THERE IS A NATIONAL PUSH TO EDUCATE FAMILIES ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING SURE KIDS GET THEIR SCHEDULED VACCINES TO BOOST THOSE NUMBERS AND KEEP CHILDREN HEALTHY. VACCINATIONS ARE DOWN IN KANSAS AND MISSOURI, ABOUT IN LINE WITH THE NATIONAL TREND. IN BOTH STATES, SHOTS ARE REQUIRED FOR NUMBER OF SICKNESSES BEFORE KIDS CAN GO TO SCHOOL, UNLESS THEY HAVE A RELIGIOUS OR MEDICAL EXEMPTION. THOSE NUMBERS ARISING. IN KANSAS, 2.3% OF KINDERGARTNERS GOT EXEMPTIONS. IN MISSOURI, MORE THAN 3%. 3000 PLUS KIDS IN BOTH STATES POTENTIALLY UNPROTECTED, NOT COUNTING ALL THE KIDS WHO DON’T HAVE THEIR SHOTS. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE. DR. LAUER, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. IT IS A SERIOUS ISSUE. >> IT IS A SERIOUS DISEASE, SPECIFICALLY MEASLES. IT IS THE BELLWETHER FOR ALL THESE VACCINES. THESE DISEASES ARE IN THE WORLD. LAST YEAR, 125,000 PEOPLE DIED OF MEASLES IN THE WORLD, MOST OF THEM CHILDREN. THEY DIDN’T JUST DIE IN THE U.S.. IT IS STILL OUT THERE. IT IS SERIOUS AND CAN STILL KILL PEOPLE AS WELL AS MAKE THEM SICK. CODY: THE NUMBERS MUST BE DISCOURAGING? >> YES. THIS IS ONE WE THOUGHT WE HAD TAKEN CARE OF, ESSENTIALLY ERADICATED MEASLES IN THE U.S. IN 2000. NOW WE ARE SEEING IT SEEP BACK IN. CODY: VACCINATION NUMBERS ARE DOWN FOR A NUMBER OF ILLNESSES YOU AND I WERE VACCINATED AGAINST AS KIDS. WHAT IS GOING ON? >> ONE, THE YEARS OF ISOLATION WITH THE PANDEMIC HAVE PEOPLE ON EDGE. OUR POLITICAL SITUATION AND THE POLARITY OF THE WORLD. PEOPLE BEING BOMBARDED WITH A VARIETY OF MESSAGES, MANY OF WHICH SIMPLY AREN’T TRUE. THEY ARE HEARING THESE THINGS. THE STRESS OF THE WORLD NOW HAS PEOPLE, THEY DON’T WANT TO DEAL WITH IT. A LOT OF IT IS NOT WANTING TO KEEP UP WITH HEALTH ISSUES. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO FRANKLY LISTEN TO MISINFORMATION, TAKING IT SERIOUSLY, WHEN THE THREATS OF THE DISEASE IS VERY MUCH REAL. CODY: WHAT IS THE RISK FOR FAMILIES FOR KIDS, TEACHERS? >> ESSENTIALLY AT ONE POINT ALMOST EVERYONE GOT MEASLES. A VERY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE. YOU HAVE TO KEEP THE VACCINATION RATES HIGH. IT IS JUST AS OUT THERE AND IF YOU GET SICK, MOST PEOPLE WILL DO FINE. THIS IS TRUE. SOME OF THEM, PEOPLE WILL GET VERY SICK AND SOME WILL DIE EVERY YEAR IF WE DIDN’T HAVE THIS PROTECTION FROM THE VACCINE. CODY: A LOT OF THESE NUMBERS ARE BELOW PRE-PANDEMIC LEVELS. DO WE EVER GET BACK UP TO 95%? HOW DO WE GET THERE NOW? ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE TALK OF THE PANDEMIC AND THE DOUBTERS OUT THERE? >> KEEPING THE FACTS IN FRONT OF PEOPLE, MAKING SURE WE HAVE OPEN DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM. WE TRY AND GET PEOPLE IN — TELL US WHAT YOU ARE HEARING? WHAT HAS YOU WORRIED? WE CAN ADDRESS THOSE THINGS. WE HAVE TO SLOWLY REBUILD CONFIDENCE IN THE SYSTEM AND REMIND PEOPLE, WHICH IS THE PROBLEM — THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN MEASLES. WE HAVE NEVER SEEN THEM AS A SOCIETY NOW. THEY CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT THIS WAS LIKE BEFORE VACCINES. CODY: WE TALK ABOUT HESITANCY. THAT HAS TO ENTER INTO IT NOW? WITH EVERYTHING, COVID, WITH PEOPLE WORRIED ABOUT, WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO THEM OR THEIR KIDS IF THEY TAKE THE VACCINE? HOW MUCH DOES THAT ENTER INTO IT FOR YOU AND DOCTORS? >> ALL THAT HESITANCY, CONCERNS AROUND CORONAVIRUS VACCINE LEAKED IN. NOW WE SEE THIS SEEPING OVER INTO ESTABLISHED VACCINES — REALLY ALL THESE QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED FOR DECADES. THERE IS NO COMPARISON POINT. EVERYTHING IS A RISK-BENEFIT. THERE IS NO PERFECT VACCINE THAT HAS ZERO RISK TO IT. WHAT PEOPLE AREN’T AWARE OF ANYMORE IS THE RISK OF THE DISEASE BECAUSE THE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL. CODY: WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON EXEMPTIONS? YOU HAVE TO SIGN OFF ON THESE. ARE MORE PEOPLE ASKING FOR THEM NOW? >> THEY HAVE. THERE IS SOME OF THAT. THERE ARE MEDICAL CONDITIONS IN WHICH PEOPLE SHOULD NOT RECEIVE VACCINES. THOSE ARE VERY UNCOMMON. IN STATES THAT DON’T HAVE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION, THERE IS ABOUT .1 AND 1000 PEOPLE FOR A MEDICAL EXAM SHOULD. THOSE ARE REAL. WE HAVE SIGNED OFF ON A FEW OF THOSE FOR PATIENTS WITH LEGITIMATE CONCERNS WHERE THEY SHOULD NOT BE VACCINATED BUT IT HIGHLIGHTS THE REASON WHERE EVERYONE ELSE HAS TO BE VACCINATED. WE NEED TO GENERATE THAT HERD IMMUNITY THAT PROTECTS EVERYONE. CODY: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME. >> MY PLEASURE. CODY: HEALTH EXPERTS IN BOTH STATES HAVE WEBSITES SET UP TO ANSWER QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ABOUT VACCINATIONS.

CDC, docs warn of backslide of normal vaccinations

New CDC numbers display required vaccinations are chucking up the sponge for Kansas and Missouri households. A pediatrician is helping us analyze the numbers—and the dangers.


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