Childhood Vaccination Toolkit for Clinicians

Get Kids Caught Up on Routine Vaccines

COVID-19 disrupted both in-person learning and routine well-child visits for many children. As a result, too many children have fallen behind on receiving recommended vaccines.

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CDC’s public sector vaccine ordering data show a 14% drop in 2020-2021 compared to 2019, and measles vaccine is down by more than 20%.

Now that schools have returned to in-person learning, children need to get caught up on routine vaccinations so that they are protected against serious diseases. Healthcare providers can identify families whose children have missed doses and contact them to schedule appointments.

Vaccination Coverage with Selected Vaccines and Exemption Rates Among Children in Kindergarten — United States, 2020–21

The national vaccination coverage among kindergarten children during the 2020-2021 school year dropped by about 1% from the previous year— that amounts to 35,000 more children without vaccination documents.

Vaccination Coverage with Selected Vaccines and Exemption Rates Among Children in Kindergarten — United States, 2020–21 School Year | MMWR

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Page last reviewed: May 6, 2022