(WDIV) — Doctors studying the effects of COVID-19 say the pandemic has hadmajor ripple effects into other areas of medicine, beyond the obvious. Newresearch shows it led to fewer parents getting their children vaccinated andan increase in dog bite attacks.
Pediatric vaccination rates in the United States have fallen sharply since thestart of the pandemic.
A National Survey by Orlando Health shows 84% of parents think vaccines arethe best way to prevent infectious disease, but two-thirds are still nervousto take their children to the pediatrician’s office to get those vaccines.
The survey also found that skepticism about vaccines is still a major issue,with 38% of parents responding that they don’t believe their children need allthe vaccines recommended by their pediatrician.
Meanwhile, a report published in the Journal of Pediatrics by emergencyphysicians in Colorado found a threefold increase in dog bites since COVID-19stay-at-home orders were enacted.
They believe the increased dog biting is due to more dog exposure to children,greater dog stress from children being at home more often, additionalhousehold stress and decreased adult supervision due to competing homeresponsibilities for parents and caregivers.
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