- Some French people are slow to get their newborns vaccinated.
- This is the first time in 28 years that the world has seen a decrease in DTP3 coverage.
“Preliminary data for the first four months of 2020 indicate a significant reduction in the number of children who have completed all three doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine (DTP3). This is the first time in 28 years that the world has seen a reduction in DTP3 coverage “, warns WHO and Unicef in a joint press release. In question: the coronavirus health crisis, which is hitting France hard.
A budget issue
In fact, some French people are slow to get their newborns vaccinated, despite reminders from health insurance. First and foremost for a budget issue. While the Covid-1
For fear of leaving the house during an epidemic and exposing yourself to any pollution afterwards. Most pediatrician’s offices require a mask to be worn and a single parent to come for the vaccination, but they are still places that favor the transmission of Covid-19 through the air. Ditto for having taken transport, feared by many couples. Finally, PMIs, an important relay for vaccination campaigns in France, are mostly closed due to the pandemic.
Trigger a collection if necessary
In June, the Swedish National Agency for Health (HAS) estimated at 44,000 the number of infants aged 3 to 18 months who have not received vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis, meningitis due to Haemophilus influenzae type b bacteria and hepatitis B.
The institute invites today “persons who have had to postpone their vaccinations or the children and infants’ children, in order to consult their doctor or pediatrician immediately. At the same time, it urges healthcare professionals to systematically monitor the vaccinations of their patients in order to trigger a collection if necessary. “