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Fewer kids being vaccinated amid pandemic

Pediatricians say kids are missing their scheduled doctor visits due to fears of COVID-19.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Fewer children are being vaccinated during the pandemic.

Health care workers say kids are missing their scheduled doctor visits due to fears of COVID-19.

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As more businesses reopen, more people are bringing their kids back to the doctor, but a local pediatrician says many kids still aren't up to date on vaccines.

The continued lack in vaccinations can lead to an outbreak of the measles, whooping cough, and chicken pox.

Dr. Shraddha Shrestha, MD, FAAP, said, "We have to have certain numbers get vaccinated, but if that number decreases, then the chances of those measles circulating in the community and spreading it, so it's not just a particular time, it can be any time if we don't vaccinate enough people."

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Pediatricians say they are taking extra precautions and that taking a trip to your pediatrician is safe.

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