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Child vaccination rates drop during COVID-19 pandemic

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - As the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC says, vaccination rates in some parts of the nation are lower than previous years.

Some of the data is result of self-quarantine, delayed appointments or just not getting the vaccines scheduled.

UnityPoint pediatrics, has been seeing a drop in child vaccinations. There are more mitigation practices put in place at practices, but some parents are still nervous to bring their kids to the doctor's office.

Pediatrician, Dr. Claudia Vicetti says, her practice works with parents to educated parents on what's safe.

"Rather than just form your own idea or making a decision not correct, I encourage anyone to pick up a phone and call their doctors saying, "Hey should I come?"" Dr. Vicetti said.

Children under two go through return trips to get an updated vaccination. Dr. Vicetti says, children missed their vaccinations due to COVID-19.

The CDC says it's important children do not miss their recommended vaccinations. A vaccine can have less effectiveness on the child if the recommended date it missed.

Dr. Vicetti eliminated waiting rooms, and works with parents to figure out when it's safe to bring their child in for a vaccine.

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